TEM studies of multilayer ohmic contacts to n-type AlGaN/GaN

Fay, Mike W., Moldovan, Grigore, Harrison, Ian, Balmer, R.S., Soley, D.E.J., Hilton, K.P., Hughes, B.T., Uren, M.J., Martin, T. and Brown, Paul D. (2003) TEM studies of multilayer ohmic contacts to n-type AlGaN/GaN. In: Microscopy of semiconducting materials 2003: proceedings of the Institute of Physics conference, Cambridge University, 31 March - 3 April. Institute of Physics conference series (180). IOP Publishing Ltd, Bristol, pp. 483-486. ISBN 9780750309790

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Ti and Pd barrier layers between the Al/Ti diffusion couple and the Au capping layer of multilayer ohmic contacts to n-type AlGaN/GaN field effect transistors were found to be ineffective in preventing the diffusion of Au to the AlGaN following high temperature rapid thermal annealing. The formation of a band of TiN grains at the contact/AlGaN interface is responsible for the activation of the contact. The presence of interfacial Au and threading dislocations are implicated in the formation of additional Ti-nitride inclusions into the AlGaN, although these do not appear to disrupt the Ti-nitride layer at the original contact/nitride interface, nor significantly influence the contact resistance.

Item Type: Book Section
RIS ID: https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1022360
Keywords: TEM, ohmic contact, AlGaN/GaN, field effect transistor
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Engineering > Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering
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Depositing User: Brown, Prof Paul D
Date Deposited: 19 May 2011 13:40
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 20:32
URI: https://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/1463

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