Thin film properties of sol-gel derived high-K lanthanum-doped zirconium oxides

Ho Seung Jeon, Joo Nam Kim, Gwang Geun Lee, Yun Soo Choi, Byung Eun Park

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The lanthanum zirconium oxide thin films were prepared on p-type Si(100) by a sol-gel wet method. Sol-gel solutions of LaxZr1 - xOy with La atomic fractions of x = 0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.3, and 0.5 were synthesized for film deposition. Thin films were characterized using x-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Electrical property characterization was performed with metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) structures through capacitance-voltage (C-V) and current density-voltage (J-V) measurements. The thin film showed a good surface morphology. Equivalent oxide thickness (EOT) values of 30 nm-thick LaxZr1 - xOy thin films annealed at 700°C were about 8.8-10.5 nm. C-V measurements revealed that curves shifted left when the film has a larger content of La or was annealed at a higher temperature. The leakage current density was below 1.0 × 10-6 A/cm2 at 1 MV/cm for all samples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-133
Number of pages8
Issue number1 PART 5
StatePublished - 2009
Event6th Asian Meeting on Ferroelectrics, AMF-6 - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 2 Aug 20086 Aug 2008


  • Dielectric
  • High-k
  • Lanthanum-doped zirconium oxide
  • Sol-gel


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