Anomalously high gate tunneling current, induced by high-tensile-stress memorization technique, is reported in this letter. Carrier-separation measurement method shows that the increased gate tunneling current is originated from the higher gate-to-source/drain (S/D) tunneling current, which worsens when channel length is getting shorter. Also, the device with enhanced tensile strain exhibits 9% higher gate-to-S/D overlapping capacitance. These data indicate that the anomalously high gate tunneling current could be attributed to the high tensile strain that induces the effects of excessive lightly doped dopant diffusion and higher gate-edge damage. The proposed inference is confirmed by channel hot-electron stress.
- Gate leakage current
- Stress memorization technique (SMT)