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The roles of the dielectric constant and the relative level of conduction band of high-k composite with Si in improving the memory performance of charge-trapping memory devices

By Jianxin Lu, Changjie Gong, Xin Ou, Wei Lu, Jiang Yin, Bo Xu, Yidong Xia, Zhiguo Liu and Aidong Li


The memory structures Pt/Al2O3/(TiO2)x(Al2O3)1−x/Al2O3/p-Si(nominal composition x = 0.05, 0.50 and 0.70) were fabricated by using rf-magnetron sputtering and atomic layer deposition techniques, in which the dielectric constant and the bottom of the conduction band of the high-k composite (TiO2)x(Al2O3)1−x were adjusted by controlling the partial composition of Al2O3. With the largest dielectric constant and the lowest deviation from the bottom of the conduction band of Si, (TiO2)0.7(Al2O3)0.3 memory devices show the largest memory window of 7.54 V, the fast programming/erasing speed and excellent endurance and retention characteristics, which were ascribed to the special structural design, proper combination of dielectric constant and band alignment in the high-k composite (TiO2)0.7(Al2O3)0.3

Topics: Physics, QC1-999
Publisher: AIP Publishing LLC
Year: 2014
DOI identifier: 10.1063/1.4901914
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