Irradiation response of radio-frequency sputtered Al/Gd2O3/p-Si MOS capacitors


Kahraman A., Yilmaz E.

RADIATION PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY, vol.139, pp.114-119, 2017 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 139
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.radphyschem.2017.04.003
  • Journal Name: RADIATION PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.114-119
  • Keywords: Radiation sensor, Gd2O3, MOS-based device, Dosimetry, GAMMA-RAY IRRADIATION, ELECTRICAL-PROPERTIES, VOLTAGE CHARACTERISTICS, RADIATION RESPONSE, SILICATE-GLASSES, PMOS DOSIMETERS, OXIDE, LAYER, GD2O3, METAL

Abstract

The usage of the Gadolinium oxide (Gd2O3) as sensitive region in the MOS (Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor)-based dosimeters was investigated in the presented study. The Gd2O3 films grown on p-type Si (100) by RF magnetron sputtering were annealed at 800 degrees C under N-2 ambient. The back and front metal contacts were establishes to produce MOS capacitors. The fabricated Gd2O3 MOS capacitors were irradiated in the dose range 0.5-50 Gy by Co-60 gamma source. The performed Capacitance-Voltage (C-V) curves of the Gd2O3 MOS capacitors shifted to right side relative to pre-irradiation one. While continuous increments in the oxide trapped charges with increasing in gamma dose were observed, interface trapped charges fluctuated in the studied dose range. However, the variation of the interface trapped charge densities was found in the order of 10(11) cm(-2) and no significant variation was observed with applied dose. These results confirm that a significant deterioration does not occur in the capacitance during the irradiation. The higher oxide trapped charges compared to interface trapped charges showed that these traps were more responsible for the shift of the C-V curves. The sensitivity and percentage fading after 105 min of the Gd2O3 MOS capacitor were found as 39.7 +/- 1.4 mV/Gy and similar to 14.5%, respectively. The devices sensitivity was found to be higher than that of capacitors composed of Er2O3, Sm2O3, La2O3, Al2O3, and SiO2, but, the high fading values is seen as a major problem for these capacitors. Finally, the barrier height was investigated with gamma exposure and the results showed that its value increased with increasing in radiation dose due to possible presence of the acceptor-like interface states.