Radiation-induced oxide charge in low-and high-h 2 environments

Nicole L. Rowsey, Mark E. Law, Ronald D. Schrimpf, Daniel M. Fleetwood, Blair R. Tuttle, Sokrates T. Pantelides

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Electronic structure calculations and irradiation measurements are used to obtain insight into oxide trapped charge mechanisms in varying hydrogen ambients. Quantitative agreement between measured and simulated oxide and interface-trap charge densities is obtained over a wide range of H 2 concentrations by implementing first-principles calculations of the energetics, and dynamics of charge transport and trapping, into TCAD simulations of irradiated MOS structures. Hole trapping dominates for typical H 2 densities, but protons can dominate at high H 2 densities. The rate of the interface trap reaction, in which protons that are liberated from charged oxygen vacancies by molecular hydrogen form dangling bonds on the interface, is found to play a key role in determining the relative concentrations of oxide and interface-trap charge densities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6153410
Pages (from-to)755-759
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science
Issue number4 PART 1
StatePublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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