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  • ) Due to UV/Ozone Treatment. ACS applied materials & interfaces Islam, R., Chen, G., Ramesh, P., Suh, J., Fuchigami, N., Lee, D., Littau, K. A., Weiner, K., Collins, R. T., Saraswat, K. C. 2017; 9 (20): 17201-17207


    Drastic reduction in nickel oxide (NiOx) film resistivity and ionization potential is observed when subjected to ultraviolet (UV)/ozone (O3) treatment. X-ray photoemission spectroscopy suggests that UV/O3 treatment changes the film stoichiometry by introducing Ni vacancy defects. Oxygen-rich NiOx having Ni vacancy defects behaves as a p-type semiconductor. Therefore, in this work, a simple and effective technique to introduce doping in NiOx is shown. Angle-resolved XPS reveals that the effect of UV/O3 treatment does not only alter the film surface property but also introduces oxygen-rich stoichiometry throughout the depth of the film. Finally, simple metal/interlayer/semiconductor (MIS) contacts are fabricated on p-type Si using NiOx as the interlayer and different metals. Significant barrier height reduction is observed with respect to the control sample following UV/O3 treatment, which is in agreement with the observed reduction in film resistivity. From an energy band diagram point of view, the introduction of the UV/O3 treatment changes the defect state distribution, resulting in a change in the pinning of the Fermi level. Therefore, this work also shows that the Fermi level pinning property of NiOx can be controlled using UV/O3 treatment.

    View details for DOI 10.1021/acsami.7b01629

    View details for PubMedID 28447776