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Title: Effects of Downstream Plasma Exposure on β-Ga 2 O 3 Rectifiers
The effects of downstream plasma exposure with O 2 , N 2 or CF 4 discharges on Si-doped Ga 2 O 3 Schottky diode forward and reverse current-voltage characteristics were investigated. The samples were exposed to discharges with rf power of 50 W plasma at a pressure of 400 mTorr and a fixed treatment time of 1 min to simulate dielectric layer removal, photoresist ashing or surface cleaning steps. Schottky contacts were deposited through a shadow mask after exposure to avoid any changes to the surface. A Schottky barrier height of 1.1 eV was obtained for the reference sample without plasma treatment, with an ideality factor of 1.0. The diodes exposed to CF 4 showed a 0.25 V shift from the I–V of the reference sample due to a Schottky barrier height lowering around 14%. The diodes showed a decrease of Schottky barrier height of 2.5 and 6.5% with O 2 or N 2 treatments, respectively. The effect of plasma exposure on the ideality factor of diodes treated with these plasmas was minimal; 0.2% for O 2 and N 2 , 0.3% for CF 4 , respectively. The reverse leakage currents were 1.2, 2.2 and 4.8 μ A cm −2 for the diodes treated with O 2 , and CF 4 , and N 2 respectively. The effect of downstream plasma treatment on diode on-resistance and on-off ratio were also minimal. The changes observed are much less than caused by exposure to hydrogen-containing plasmas and indicate that downstream plasma stripping of films from Ga 2 O 3 during device processing is a relatively benign approach.  more » « less
Award ID(s):
1856662
NSF-PAR ID:
10322898
Author(s) / Creator(s):
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Date Published:
Journal Name:
ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology
Volume:
10
Issue:
6
ISSN:
2162-8769
Format(s):
Medium: X
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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