Wafer-scale, sub-5 nm junction formation by monolayer doping and conventional spike annealing

Johnny C. Ho, Roie Yerushalmi, Gregory Smith, Prashant Majhi, Joseph Bennett, Jeffri Halim, Vladimir N. Faifer, Ali Javey

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We report the formation of sub-5 nm ultrashallow junctions in 4 in. Si wafers enabled by the molecular monolayer doping of phosphorus and boron atoms and the use of conventional spike annealing. The junctions are characterized by secondary ion mass spectrometry and noncontact sheet resistance measurements. It is found that the majority (∼70%) of the incorporated dopants are electrically active, therefore enabling a low sheet resistance for a given dopant areal dose. The wafer-scale uniformity is investigated and found to be limited by the temperature homogeneity of the spike anneal tool used in the experiments. Notably, minimal junction leakage currents (<1 μA/cm 2) are observed that highlights the quality of the junctions formed by this process. The results clearly demonstrate the versatility and potency of the monolayer doping approach for enabling controlled, molecular-scale ultrashallow junction formation without introducing defects in the semiconductor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)725-730
Number of pages6
JournalNano Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 11 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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