Effective work function modification of atomic-layer-deposited-TaN film by capping layer Academic Article uri icon


  • We demonstrate that the metallic capping layer has a strong impact on the effective work function (EWF) of the metal gate. Specifically, the EWF of atomic-layer-deposited (ALD)-TaN could be increased from 4.5 to 4.8 eV with chemical-vapor-deposited-TiN capping, which is sufficient amount of work function modification for silicon on insulator based devices. A strong interdiffusion of Ti atoms into the ALD-TaN film is observed and correlated well with the changes in the EWF change. Ti capping experiments confirm that the Ti interdiffusion can actually modify the EWF of Ti/ALD-TaN stack. © 2006 American Institute of Physics.

author list (cited authors)

  • Choi, K., Alshareef, H. N., Wen, H. C., Harris, H., Luan, H., Senzaki, Y., ... Lee, B. H.

citation count

  • 38

publication date

  • July 2006