Albena Paskaleva, Dencho Spassov, Danijel Dankovic

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In this paper conduction mechanisms which could govern the electron transport through high-k dielectrics are summarized. The influence of various factors – the type of high-k dielectric and its thickness; the doping with a certain element; the type of metal electrode as well as the measurement conditions (bias, polarity and temperature), on the leakage currents and dominant conduction mechanisms have been considered. Practical hints how to consider different conduction mechanisms and to differentiate between them are given. The paper presents an approach to assess important trap parameters from investigation of dominant conduction mechanisms.


high-k dielectrics; conduction mechanisms; electrically active defects

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