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Nanotechnology. 2013 Jun 21;24(24):245703. doi: 10.1088/0957-4484/24/24/245703. Epub 2013 May 21.

Atomic layer deposition of high-k dielectrics on single-walled carbon nanotubes: a Raman study.

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Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA.


Single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) have great potential to become the channel material for future high-speed transistor technology. However, to realize a carbon nanotube field effect transistor (CNTFET) with excellent gate control, the high-k dielectrics between the CNT and the metal gate must have superb electrical properties and extremely high uniformity. Thus it is essential to understand the interactions between high-k materials and the SWCNTs to effectively control the transistor characteristics. In this study, we investigate the effects of atomic layer deposited (ALD) high-k dielectrics (Al2O3 and HfO2) on SWCNTs using Raman spectroscopy. We subjected the SWCNTs to various ALD cycles and studied the nucleation and growth of ALD dielectrics at defect sites using scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy images. We analyzed these samples using Raman spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The Raman peak shifts of the G-peak and the 2D (G') peaks suggest doping and stress induced effects on the CNTs by the surrounding high-k oxide environment. Trends in the G-peak FWHM and G/D-peak ratios were identified and compared between Al2O3 and HfO2. We confirmed the ALD-deposited HfO2 is polycrystalline using x-ray diffraction and analyzed dielectric-CNT bonding states using XPS measurements. This study provides insights on the effects of ALD high-k materials on SWCNTs for future high-speed transistor applications.

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