Thermostable Ti/Au/Pt/Ti Schottky contacts on n-type 4H-SiC
1998 (English)In: Semiconductor Science and Technology, ISSN 0268-1242, E-ISSN 1361-6641, Vol. 13, no 9, 1025-1030 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The electrical properties and interface chemistry of Ti/Au/Pt/Ti Schottky contacts to n-type 4H-SiC have been investigated with respect to their utilization for MESFETs operated at high temperatures. The electrical properties of these contacts were studied at room temperature as well as during thermal treatment. The barrier height determined from I-V characteristics was calculated to be 1.17 eV with an ideality factor of 1.09. These parameters were examined by ageing and temperature dependence tests as criteria for the thermal stability and reliability of the contacts. The barrier height and ideality factor did not change after prolonged heating at a constant temperature of and operating temperatures up to , which confirmed the contact stability. Diodes used in the measurements showed a low leakage current at 100 V reverse voltage and room temperature ( A) as well as at ( A) and breakdown voltage above 400 V.
The chemical interface properties were studied by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy for as-deposited, annealed and heated contacts. Annealing at for 10 min led to formation of TiC and in a restricted region close to the SiC interface. The data revealed a chemically stable Ti/SiC interface after annealing, which is of importance for stable rectifying characteristics during long-term operation.
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1998. Vol. 13, no 9, 1025-1030 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-62919DOI: 10.1088/0268-1242/13/9/010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-62919DiVA: diva2:375121