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 −2more »
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Temperature dependent pulsed IV and RF characterization of β -(Al x Ga 1−x ) 2 O 3 /Ga 2 O 3 hetero-structure FET with ex situ passivation
In this work, we report a study of the temperature dependent pulsed current voltage and RF characterization of [Formula: see text]-(Al x Ga 1−x ) 2 O 3 /Ga 2 O 3 hetero-structure FETs (HFETs) before and after silicon nitride (Si 3 N 4 ) passivation. Under sub-microsecond pulsing, a moderate DC-RF dispersion (current collapse) is observed before passivation in gate lag measurements, while no current collapse is observed in the drain lag measurements. The dispersion in the gate lag is possibly attributed to interface traps in the gate–drain access region. DC-RF dispersion did not show any strong dependence on the pulse widths. Temperature dependent RF measurements up to 250 °C do not show degradation in the cutoff frequencies. After Si 3 N 4 deposition at 350 °C, a shift of the threshold voltage is observed which changed the DC characteristics. However, the current collapse is eliminated; at 200 ns pulse widths, a 50% higher current is observed compared to the DC at high drain voltages. No current collapse is observed even at higher temperatures. RF performance of the passivated devices does not show degradation. These results show that ex situ deposited Si 3 N 4 is a potential candidate for passivation of more »
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