Contact characterizations of ZrN thin films obtained by reactive sputtering

Joshua Pelleg, Asaf Bibi, Michael Sinder

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The contact properties of ZrN on p-type Si obtained by magnetron reactive sputtering were investigated. Schottky diodes characteristics were evaluated by current-voltage (I-V) and capacitance voltage (C-V) measurements. The barrier heights obtained by I-V and C-V are in the range of 0.55-0.63V and 0.88-0.91V, respectively. Due to the possible presence of interfacial layer and interface states which are located at the ZrN-semiconductor interface the I-V curves are not ideal. It is likely that n, the ideality factor is controlled by the interface state density. For each diode investigated in the ZrN/Si system, the barrier heights measured by the C-V method are considerably higher than those evaluated by I-V technique. At this stage we cannot present a theoretical explanation for the difference between the values of φBp beyond the speculations that the presence of interface states might be responsible for the difference. Since I-V measurements tend to emphasize the lower value of φBp while C-V measurements would give a value of φBp averaged over the entire interface the more probable magnitude of the barrier height can be assumed to be those measured by I-V technique.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNitrides and Related Bulk Materials
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2008
Event2007 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: 26 Nov 200730 Nov 2007

Publication series

NameMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0272-9172


Conference2007 MRS Fall Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston, MA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science (all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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