PUB-2017-SAM

System and method for mitigating oxide growth in a gate dielectric

​"Malcolm J. BevanHaowen BuHiroaki NiimiHusam N. Alshareef " System and method for mitigating oxide growth in a gate dielectric
​US patent, US9779946B2​
Malcolm J. BevanHaowen BuHiroaki NiimiHusam N. Alshareef
oxide growth; patent; System and method
2017
​Oxide growth of a gate dielectric layer that occurs between processes used in the fabrication of a gate dielectric structure can be reduced. The reduction in oxide growth can be achieved by maintaining the gate dielectric layer in an ambient effective to mitigate oxide growth of the gate dielectric layer between at least two sequential process steps used in the fabrication the gate dielectric structure. Maintaining the gate dielectric layer in an ambient effective to mitigate oxide growth also improves the uniformity of nitrogen implanted in the gate dielectric.