Electric-field and temperature dependence of the activation energy associated with gate induced drain leakage

Aaesha Alnuaimi, Ammar Nayfeh, Victor Koldyaev

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Abstract

We examined the effect of temperature and electric field on the activation energy (Ea) of gate-induced drain leakage (GIDL) of a MOSFET. The measured GIDL current shows a temperature dependence consistent with a non-tunneling mechanism. In the low-electric-field regime and for temperatures above 55 °C, Ea is about 0.4 eV and drops from 0.4 eV to 0.1 eV as the applied gate voltage goes below VFB in the accumulation direction (decreased for the n-channel MOSFET). This suggests that electron-hole-pair generation at Si/SiO2 interface traps (D it), enhanced by the electric field (the Poole-Frenkel effect), dominates GIDL in that regime. For temperatures below 55 °C, Ea is less than 0.15 eV for both weak and strong electric fields and displays minimal temperature dependence, indicating inelastic trap-assisted tunneling or phonon-assisted tunneling from a trap. In the very strong-electric-field regime (>1 MV/cm), band-to-band tunneling is the dominant mechanism.

Original languageBritish English
Article number044513
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume113
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 28 Jan 2013

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