Universal tunnel mass and charge trapping in SiO2)1-x (Si3N44)x]1-ySiy film

Hiroshi Watanabe*, Daisuke Matsushita, Kouichi Muraoka, Koichi Kato

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Although the tunnel mass is indispensable to predict the gate leakage current of electron devices, it has been regarded as an adjustable parameter to fit the calculated leakage current with the measured ones. This appears useful because it enables calculation of the tunnel current while ignoring some details in advanced device modeling, even though it has veiled the intuitive nature of the modeling. More concretely, the adjustable tunnel mass pushes us to ignore the related issues that should carefully be considered. In this paper, we extract the tunnel masses for electrons and holes from an individual experiment and find that they are 0.85m0, where m0 is the rest electron mass, irrespective of the molecular compound ratio between Si3N4 and SiO 22 and the film thickness. This suggests a convincing model for charge trapping in SiO2)1-x (Si3N 44)x]1-ySiy including interfacial transition layers. It is also found that the leakage mechanism is the direct tunneling enhanced by the trapped positive charge.

Original languageEnglish
Article number25
Pages (from-to)1129-1136
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Electron Devices
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 May 2010


  • Charge trapping
  • Dangling bond (DB)
  • Direct tunneling (DT)
  • Gate dielectric
  • SiON
  • Tunnel mass

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