Highly Reliable Contacts to Silicon Enabled by Low Temperature Sputtered Graphenic Carbon

Max Stelzer, Moritz Jung, Ursula Wurstbauer, Alexander Holleitner, Franz Kreupl

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Titanium silicide (TiSi) contacts are frequently used metal-silicon contacts but are known to diffuse into the active region under high current density stress pulses. Recently, we demonstrated that graphenic carbon (GC) deposited by CVD at 1000 °C on silicon has the same low Schottky barrier as TiSi, but a much improved reliability against high current density stress pulses. In this paper, we demonstrate now that the deposition of GC is possible at 100 °C - 400 °C by a sputter process. We show that the sputtered carbon-silicon contact is over 1 billion times more stable against high current density pulses than the conventionally used TiSi-Si junction, while it has the same or even a lower Schottky barrier. SC can be doped by nitrogen (CN) and this results in an even lower resistivity and improved stability. Scalability of the CN thickness down to 5 nm is demonstrated. The finding that there is a low temperature approach for using the excellent carbon properties has important consequences for the reliability of contacts to silicon and opens up the use of GC in a vast number of other applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8624356
Pages (from-to)203-209
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Journal of the Electron Devices Society
StatePublished - 2019


  • Carbon
  • ESD
  • PVD
  • Schottky barrier
  • Schottky diode
  • TiSi
  • contact resistance
  • graphene
  • metal-semiconductor
  • reliability
  • silicide
  • sputterig


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