Extreme ultraviolet (EUV) irradiation may induce damages on high-dielectric-constant (high-k) dielectrics. In this letter, the EUV-irradiation-induced damages on HfSiO, HfAlO, and Al2 O 3 are investigated. After EUV irradiation, hole traps, border traps, and interface traps are all increased. All of the three high-k dielectrics exhibit poorer immunity to the EUV irradiation than SiO2. The oxide traps scale down with the dielectric thickness. Interfacial layer plays an important role in the increase of border traps and interface traps. Therefore, high-quality SiO-like interfacial layer is critical for radiation-hard devices.
- Border traps
- Extreme ultraviolet (EUV)
- High-dielectric-constant dielectrics
- Hole traps
- Interface states