SCIENCE CHINA Information Sciences, Volume 61 , Issue 10 : 109401(2018) https://doi.org/10.1007/s11432-018-9398-6

Improvement of thermal stability of nickel germanide using nitrogen plasma pretreatment for germanium-based technology

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  • ReceivedFeb 6, 2018
  • AcceptedMar 27, 2018
  • PublishedAug 31, 2018


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This work was supported in part by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61421005, 60806033, 61534004, 61474004) and National Key Research and Development Plan (Grant No. 2016YFA0200504).


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  • Figure 1

    (Color online) Physical and electrical characteristics of NiGe film. (a) 3D AFM images (5 $\mu$m$\times$5 $\mu$m) and SEM images of NiGe film with and without NPP formed at different temperature ($400^{\circ}$C–$600^{\circ}$C); (b) HRTEM images of NiGe films with and without NPP formed at $500^{\circ}$C; (c) sheet resistance of NiGe film formed with different NPP process time at $500^{\circ}$C and comparison of different methods [6-8]; (d) I-V curves of NiGe/n-Ge Schottky diodes with and without NPP (120 s).