Document Type


Date of Award

Winter 1-31-1994

Degree Name

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - (M.S.)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

N. M. Ravindra

Second Advisor

Walter F. Kosonocky

Third Advisor

Kenneth Sohn


Thin films Silicides of Tungsten and Tantalum have become very important for IC manufacturing. W and TaSi2 films were deposited on silicon substrates by CVD and Co-sputtering techniques respectively. These films have been characterized using current-voltage technique. The analysis of the obtained experimental measurements has been performed in the light of Schottky-Mott theory. The effects of annealing were studied using Rapid Thermal Processing technique in the temperature range of 500 to 700°C, in nitrogen atmosphere at a constant pressure of 5x10-6 ton for a duration of 30 seconds.The increase in annealing temperature resulted in the formation of ohmic contact evidenced by current-voltage and sheet-resistance measurements. Typical sheet -resistances were found to be in the order of 6-12Q /square for tungsten silicide and 2-7Q /square for tantalum silicide. The RTP technique,as concluded from the results, was found to be very effective in the formation of ohmic contacts.