Wear-out and breakdown of Ta2O5/Nb:SrTiO3 stacks

S. Boyeras Baldomá, S. M. Pazos, F. L. Aguirre, G. Ankonina, L. Kornblum, E. Yalon, F. Palumbo

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Tantalum oxide (Ta2O5) is widely used in electronics, with important applications in backend capacitors and memristors. However, major technological challenges have to be faced and solved. Also, concerns related to the reliability of these new stacks have to be taken into consideration. We report the reliability of Ta2O5 films focusing on the dynamics of the charge trapping and their leakage behavior under a constant voltage stress. We leverage the use of Nb:SrTiO3 back electrodes as a clean, well-defined surface, allowing the study of the Ta2O5 layer with no significant interface effects. The main features of the breakdown Ta2O5/Nb:SrTiO3 stacks are presented and analyzed in terms of an electromigration-based model. Our results outline the performance limits of Ta2O5 films, providing guidelines for development and integration of current and future devices.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)108462
JournalSolid-State Electronics
StatePublished - Sep 20 2022
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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