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Quasiparticle calculations of the electronic properties of ZrO2 and HfO2 polymorphs and their interface with Si

Authors: Myrta Grüning, Riad Shaltaf, and Gian-Marco Rignanese

Ref.: Phys. Rev. B 81,, 035330 (2010)

Abstract: Quasiparticle calculations are performed to investigate the electronic band structures of various polymorphs of Hf and Zr oxides. The corrections with respect to density-functional-theory results are found to depend only weakly on the crystal structure. Based on these bulk calculations as well as those for bulk Si, the effect of quasiparticle corrections is also investigated for the band offsets at the interface between these oxides and Si assuming that the lineup of the potential at the interface is reproduced correctly within density-functional theory. On the one hand, the valence-band offsets are practically unchanged with a correction of a few tenths of electron volts. On the other hand, conduction-band offsets are raised by 1.3–1.5 eV. When applied to existing calculations for the offsets at the density-functional-theory level, our quasiparticle corrections provide results in good agreement with the experiment.

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.81.035330