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For the fabrication of n-type metal–oxide–semiconductor field-effect transistor based on high mobility III–V compound semiconductors as channel materials, a major requirement is the integration of high quality gate oxides on top of the III–V substrates. A detailed knowledge of the interface between the oxide layer and the substrate is mandatory to assess the relevance of interdiffusion and related defects, which are detrimental. Here we grow high dielectric constant (k) Al:MO{sub 2} (M = Hf, Zr) gate materials on In{sub 0.53}Ga{sub 0.47}As substrates by atomic layer deposition, after an Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} pre-treatment based on trimethylaluminum is performed to properly passivate the substrate surface. Time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry depth profiles reveal not only the film integrity and the chemical composition of the high-k oxide but also well elucidate the effect of the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} pre-treatment on Al:MO{sub 2}/In{sub 0.53}Ga{sub 0.47}As interface. Even though the chemical profile is well defined in both cases, a broader interface is detected for Al:ZrO{sub 2}. X-ray photoemission spectroscopy evidenced the presence of As{sup 3+} states in Al:ZrO{sub 2} only. Accordingly, preliminary capacitance–voltage measurements point out to a better field effect modulation in the capacitor incorporating Al:HfO{sub 2}. Based on the above considerations Al:HfO{sub 2} looks as a preferred candidate with respect to Al:ZrO{sub 2} for the integration on top of In{sub 0.53}Ga{sub 0.47}As substrates. - Highlights: • Al:MO{sub 2} (M = Hf, Zr) thin films are grown on In{sub 0.53}Ga{sub 0.47}As substrates. • Trimethylaluminum (TMA) pre-treatment …
Publication date: 
31 Jul 2014
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Volume: 563
Thin Solid Films