Abstract

In this paper, we report a device model that has successfully described the characteristics of an anomalous CMOS NFET and led to the identification of a non-visual defect. The model was based on detailed electrical characterization of a transistor exhibiting a threshold voltage (Vt) of about 120mv lower than normal and also exhibiting source to drain leakage. Using a simple graphical simulation, we predicted that the anomalous device was a transistor in parallel with a resistor. It was proposed that the resistor was due to a counter doping defect. This was confirmed using Scanning Capacitance Microscopy (SCM). The dopant defect was shown by TEM imaging to be caused by a crystalline silicon dislocation.

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