Accurate characterization of the nitrogen concentration and distribution in ultra thin nitrided silicon gate oxide plays the same important role as the fabrication technology itself during the development of 90nm and beyond gate oxide manufacturing process. Based on the measurement results of XPS (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) as reference, a correlation study was taken between XPS and AES (Auger electron spectroscopy) data in this paper. The study shows that, by optimizing the experiment conditions of AES such as beam energy, beam current and take off angle, and introducing proper corrective factor, AES can be used as a useful and reliable characterization tool during the monitoring measurement of Nitrogen concentration in ultra thin (<2nm) nitrided silicon gate oxide.

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