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Thin dielectric films are essential components of most micro‐ and nanoelectronic devices, and they have played a key role in the huge development that the semiconductor industry has experienced during the last 50 years. Guaranteeing the reliability of thin dielectric films has become more challenging, in light of strong demand from the market for improved performance in electronic devices. The degradation and breakdown of thin dielectrics under normal device operation has an enormous technological importance and thus it is widely investigated in traditional dielectrics (e.g., SiO2, HfO2, and Al2O3), and it should be further investigated in novel dielectric materials that might be used in future devices (e.g., layered dielectrics). Understanding not only the physical phenomena behind dielectric breakdown but also its statistics is crucial to ensure the reliability of modern and future electronic devices, and it can also …
Publication date: 
1 May 2020

Felix Palumbo, Chao Wen, Salvatore Lombardo, Sebastian Pazos, Fernando Aguirre, Moshe Eizenberg, Fei Hui, Mario Lanza

Biblio References: 
Volume: 30 Issue: 18 Pages: 1900657
Advanced Functional Materials