The effectiveness of tantalum nitride with N2 or O2 plasma treatment as a diffusion barrier between copper and silicon were investigated. As such, an amorphous layer was found to form on the surface of the TaN film after the plasma treatment. The oxygen and nitrogen bonding states were observed for O2 and N2 plasma-treated TaN films. Thus, thermal stabilities of plasma-treated barriers TaN(N)/TaN and TaN(O)/TaN were said to be better than those of untreated barriers TaN(10 nm) and TaN(50 nm).
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B: Microelectronics and Nanometer Structures|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2002|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Surfaces and Interfaces
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)