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Low-frequency noise measurements of electrical stress in InAlN/GaN and AlGaN/GaN heterostructure field-effect transistors
Author(s): Cemil Kayis; C. Y. Zhu; Mo Wu; Xing Li; Ümit Özgür; Hadis Morkoç
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Paper Abstract

We report on the low-frequency noise (LFN) measurements on GaN based heterostructure field-effect transistors (HFETs) on sapphire with InAlN and AlGaN barriers to investigate the effects of electrical stress. The HFETs with InAlN barrier undergone a DC stress at bias conditions of VDS=20V and VG= -4.5 for up to 4 hours in aggregate. These devices exhibited an LFN in the form of 1/fγ and a significant increase in the noise spectrum up to 15 dB for 2 hours and then the noise saturated for further stress durations. We also monitored the LFN for the HFETs with AlGaN barriers. The devices were stressed by applying 20V DC drain bias for up to 64 hours at various gate voltages. Stressing at a gate bias (VG) of -2V showed negligible degradation. On the other hand, stressing at VG=0V surprisingly reduced the noise power by about 4 to 15 dB in the frequency range of 1 Hz-100 kHz. Additionally, the InAlN-barrier HFETs exhibited 20-25 dB lower noise power than the ones with the AlGaN layer for the tested devices within the entire frequency range. The results suggest that the trap generation increases due to electrical stress in devices with InAlN barrier, whereas the noise power decreases as a function of stress in AlGaN/GaN HFETs due to an increase in the activation energy of the excess traps.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 March 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7939, Gallium Nitride Materials and Devices VI, 79392G (3 March 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.875723
Show Author Affiliations
Cemil Kayis, Virginia Commonwealth Univ. (United States)
C. Y. Zhu, Virginia Commonwealth Univ. (United States)
Mo Wu, Virginia Commonwealth Univ. (United States)
Xing Li, Virginia Commonwealth Univ. (United States)
Ümit Özgür, Virginia Commonwealth Univ. (United States)
Hadis Morkoç, Virginia Commonwealth Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7939:
Gallium Nitride Materials and Devices VI
Jen-Inn Chyi; Yasushi Nanishi; Hadis Morkoç; Joachim Piprek; Euijoon Yoon, Editor(s)

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