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Thermal Stability of Atomic Layer Deposited Ru Layer on Si and TaN/Si for Barrier Application of Cu Interconnection

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The thermal stability of thin Ru single layer and Ru/TaN bilayers grown on bare Si by plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) have been studied with Cu/Ru, Cu/Ru/TaN structures as a function of annealing temperature. To investigate the characteristics as a copper diffusion barrier, a 50 nm thick Cu film was sputtered on Ru and Ru/TaN layers and each samples subjected to thermal annealing under N2 ambient with varied temperature 300, 400, and 500 °C, respectively. It was found that the single 5 nm thick ALD Ru layer acted as an effective Cu diffusion barrier up to 400 °C. On the other hand ALD Ru (5 nm)/TaN (3.2 nm) showed the improved diffusion barrier characteristics even though the annealing temperature increased up to 500 °C. Based on the experimental results, the failure mechanism of diffusion barrier would be related to the crystallization of amorphous Ru thin film as temperature raised which implies the crystallized Ru grain boundary served as the diffusion path of Cu atoms. The combination of ALD Ru incorporated with TaN layer would be a promising barrier structure in Cu metallization.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-07-01

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