Reduction of Radiation Induced Neutral Traps. Traps
Original Publication Date: 1982-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-09
Neutral traps in SiO(2) films in semiconductor devices, where those traps have been produced by processing involving radiation, may be decreased by the inclusion of hydrogen in the film. The hydrogen may be introduced during the radiation processing by low temperature hydrogen inclusion. An example of this is blanket reactive ion etching of SiO(2) in a CF(4)-H(2) gas mixture, which has been observed to reduce neutral trap density by approximately a factor of two as compared to etching in CF(4) alone.