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Identification of deep levels in pi-GaN epilayers
Author(s): Chew Beng Soh; Dong Zhi Chi; Hui Fern Lim; Soo-Jin Chua
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, the deep level defects in (pi)-GaN Schottky and the p/(pi)GaN diodes have been studied using digital deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS). The alternative isothermal technique offered by the DL8000 system is used in complement to conventional temperature scan technique. Electron trap levels at Ec -Et ~ (0.23 - 0.27 eV) are detected for p/(pi) diode and (pi)-type Schottky diodes by both techniques. Although similar activation energy is obtained, it appears that the traps are associated with different defects, based on the observation of different capture cross-sections (10-16cm2 for (pi)-type Schottky and 10-19cm2 for p/(pi) diodes) and different capture kinetics (exponential for (pi)-type Schottky and logarithmic for p/(pi) diodes). In addition, three other electron traps are found for the (pi)-type Schottky diode at higher temperatures with Ec -Et ~ 0.56 eV, Ec -Et ~ 0.82 eV and Ec-Et~ 1.07 eV. The Ec -Et ~ 0.56 eV and Ec -Et ~ 0.82 eV traps in (pi)-type Schottky and the Ec -Et ~ 0.23 eV trap level in p/(pi)diode are attributed to extended defects. For the p /(pi) diode, a minority carrier (hole) trap level is also identified under minority carrier injection, with an energy position at Et -Ev ~ 0.85eV and a capture cross-section of 8.129x10-14 cm2. This level might be related to the same defects that gives rise to yellow luminescence detected in (pi)-GaN layer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 October 2001
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4594, Design, Fabrication, and Characterization of Photonic Devices II, (29 October 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.446547
Show Author Affiliations
Chew Beng Soh, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
Dong Zhi Chi, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (Singapore)
Hui Fern Lim, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
Soo-Jin Chua, National Univ. of Singapore and Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (Singapore)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4594:
Design, Fabrication, and Characterization of Photonic Devices II
Marek Osinski; Soo-Jin Chua; Akira Ishibashi, Editor(s)

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