Applied Physics A

, Volume 45, Issue 1, pp 73–76 | Cite as

Blocking of silicon oxidation by low-dose nitrogen implantation

  • K. Schott
  • K. C. Hofmann
  • M. Schulz
Surfaces, and Interfaces and Layer Structures


The oxidation characteristics of silicon implanted with a low dose of nitrogen (1–3×1015cm−2) have been studied for dry oxidation conditions at 1020°C. The wafers were subjected to a pre-oxidation annealing. Complete inhibition of the oxide growth occurs in the initial stage of oxidation, while the oxidation rate for prolonged oxidation is identical to that for pure silicon. The oxidation resistance increases with the implantation dose. The resistance is attributed to the formation of a nitrogen-rich surface film during annealing. This layer, which consists of only a few monolayers, is presumably composed of oxynitride. The electrical characteristics of MOS capacitors formed on implanted wafers show that the interface state density is not significantly increased by the low-dose N implantation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Schott
    • 1
  • K. C. Hofmann
    • 1
  • M. Schulz
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Angewandte Physik, UniversitätErlangenGermany

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