Electrical properties of nano-resistors made from the Zr-doped HfO2 high-k dielectric film Academic Article uri icon


  • 2018 IOP Publishing Ltd. Electrical properties of nano-sized resistors made from the breakdown of the metal-oxide-semiconductor capacitor composed of the amorphous high-k gate dielectric have been investigated under different stress voltages and temperatures. The effective resistance of nano-resistors in the device was estimated from the I-V curve in the high voltage range. It decreased with the increase of the number of resistors. The resistance showed complicated temperature dependence, i.e. it neither behaves like a conductor nor a semiconductor. In the low voltage operation range, the charge transfer was controlled by the Schottky barrier at the nano-resistor/Si interface. The barrier height decreased with the increase of stress voltage, which was probably caused by the change of the nano-resistor composition. Separately, it was observed that the barrier height was dependent on the temperature, which was probably due to the dynamic nano-resistor formation process and the inhomogeneous barrier height distribution. The unique electrical characteristics of this new type of nano-resistors are important for many electronic and optoelectronic applications.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Zhang, S., & Kuo, Y.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Zhang, Shumao||Kuo, Yue

publication date

  • March 2018