Thermal stability of Ni-Pt-Ta alloy silicides on epi-Si1-xCx

Jung Ho Yoo, Hyun Jin Chang, Byoung Gi Min, Dae Hong Ko, Mann Ho Cho, Hyunchul Sohn, Tae Wan Lee

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We investigated the silicide formation in Ni/epi-Si1-xCx systems. Ni-Pt and Ni-Pt-Ta films were deposited on epi-Si1-xCx/Si substrates by DC magnetron sputtering and processed at various temperatures. The sheet resistance of the silicide from the Ni alloy/epi-Si1-xCx systems was maintained at low values compared to that from Ni/Si systems. By TEM and EDS analyses, we confirmed the presence of a Pt alloy layer at the top of the Ni-silicide layer. The stability of the silicide layer in the Ni alloy/epi-Si1-xCx system is explained by not only the Pt rich layer on the top of the Ni-silicide layer, but also by the presence of a small amount of Pt in the Ni-silicide layer or at the grain boundaries. And both the thermal stability and the morphology of silicide were greatly improved by the addition of Ta in Ni-Pt films.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-186
Number of pages4
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering B: Solid-State Materials for Advanced Technology
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 5

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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