Applied Surface Science, Vol.420, 523-534, 2017
In-situ growth of HfO2 on clean 2H-MoS2 surface: Growth mode, interface reactions and energy band alignment
Room temperature growth of HfO2 thin film on clean 2H-MoS2 via plasma-sputtering of Hf-metal target in an argon/oxygen environment was studied in-situ using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The deposited film was observed to grow akin to a layer-by-layer growth mode. At the onset of growth, a mixture of sulfate- and sulfite-like species (SOx2- where x = 3, 4), and molybdenum trioxide (MoO3), are formed at the HfO2/MoS2 interface. An initial decrease in binding energies for both Mo 3d and S 2p core-levels of the MoS2 substrate by 0.4 eV was also observed. Their binding energies, however, did not change further with increasing HfO2 thickness. There was no observable change in the Hf4f core-level binding energy throughout the deposition process. With increasing HfO2 deposition, MoO3 becomes buried at the interface while SOx2- was observed to be present in the film. The shift of 0.4 eV for both Mo 3d and S 2p core-levels of the MoS2 substrate can be attributed to a charge transfer from the substrate to the MoO3/SOx2- -like interface layer. Consequently, the Type I heterojunction valence band offset (conduction band offset) becomes 1.7 eV (2.9 eV) instead of 1.3 eV (3.3 eV) expected from considering the bulk HfO2 and MoS2 valence band offset (conduction band offset). The formation of these states and its influence on band offsets will need to be considered in their device applications. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.