The element metal/germanium (Ge) interface exhibits a strong Fermi level pinning (FLP), which is usually characterized on the basis of Ge side semiconductor properties. In this work, we demonstrate that metal properties significantly affect the Schottky barrier height (SBH) on Ge. Metallic germanides show both FLP alleviation and a clear substrate orientation dependence of SBH on Ge, despite the nearly perfect FLP and very slight orientation dependence in the element metal case. As a result, ohmic characteristics are observed at germanide/n-Ge (111) junctions. The metal properties required to alleviate the FLP on Ge are also discussed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Engineering
- General Physics and Astronomy