We studied the effect of selective oxidation conditions on gate oxide characteristics. Selective oxidation in hydrogen-rich wet ambient at 850°C-950°C was found to generate defects both at the SiO2/Si interface and in oxide bulk, resulting in a higher stress-induced leakage current. The degradation of the device can be explained by the incorporation of hydrogen into the gate oxide during a high-temperature selective oxidation process. The plasma reoxidation process induced fewer defects due to radical oxidation at low temperature.
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