Journal of Applied Physics vol:95 issue:12 pages:7936-7939
The electron energy band alignment in the Si/HfxTi1-xO2/metal (Au,Al) structures is determined as a function of oxide composition using internal photoemission of electrons and photoconductivity measurements. For xless than or equal to0.5 the electron excitations with thresholds corresponding to the band-gap width of amorphous TiO2 (4.4 eV) and HfO2 (5.6 and 5.9 eV) are observed at the same time, suggesting formation of TiO2- and HfO2-like subnetworks. With respect to the Fermi level of Au the conduction band of TiO2 appears to be 1.4 eV below the conduction band of HfO2 which indicates that the valence bands of the two oxides are nearly aligned. This significant downshift of the conduction band due to Ti incorporation leads to low barriers for electrons at the interfaces of HfxTi1-xO2 with Si and Al (similar to1 eV or less) strongly impairing insulating properties of the oxide. Crystallization of TiO2 upon high-temperature annealing further enhances leakage currents because of a significantly lower band-gap width of crystallized TiO2 (3.1-3.4 eV). (C) 2004 American Institute of Physics.