Degradation and Breakdown of Gate Oxides in VLSI Devices

J. Suñé, I. Placencia, N. Barniol, E. Farrés, X. Aymerich

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A model for the degradation and breakdown of thin gate oxide films is presented. During electrical stresses, a small fraction of the energy of the tunnel electrons that is dissipated in the oxide is converted into the creation of electron traps. When a critical density of traps is achieved, a fast runaway process leads the oxide to break down and its insulating properties are irreversively lost. It is demonstrated that the total charge injected to breakdown depends on the applied current in accordance with recently published results. The quasi‐linear log (time‐to‐breakdown) versus log (current density) plot experimentally obtained for VLSI oxides (tox ≈ 100 Å) is correctly predicted. Copyright © 1989 WILEY‐VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)675-685
Journalphysica status solidi (a)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1989


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