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Enhancement of AlGaN/GaN high-electron mobility transistor off-state drain breakdown voltage via backside proton irradiation
Author(s): F. Ren; Y.-H. Hwang; S. J. Pearton; Erin Patrick; Mark E. Law
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Paper Abstract

Proton irradiation from the backside of the samples were employed to enhance off-state drain breakdown voltage of AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) grown on Si substrates. Via holes were fabricated directly under the active area of the HEMTs by etching through the Si substrate for subsequent backside proton irradiation. By taking the advantage of the steep drop at the end of proton energy loss profile, the defects created by the proton irradiation from the backside of the sample could be precisely placed at specific locations inside the AlGaN/GaN HEMT structure. There were no degradation of drain current nor enhancement of off-state drain voltage breakdown voltage observed for the irradiated AlGaN/GaN HEMTs with the proton energy of 225 or 275 keV, for which the defects created by the proton irradiations were intentionally placed in the GaN buffer. HEMTs with defects placed in the 2 dimensional electron gas (2DEG) channel region and AlGaN barrier using 330 or 340 keV protons not only showed degradation of drain current, but also exhibited improvement of the off-state drain breakdown voltage. FLOODS TCAD finite-element simulations were performed to confirm the hypothesis of a virtual gate formed around the 2DEG region to reduce the peak electric field around the gate edges and increase the off-state drain breakdown voltage.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 2015
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9363, Gallium Nitride Materials and Devices X, 936312 (27 April 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2076676
Show Author Affiliations
F. Ren, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Y.-H. Hwang, Univ. of Florida (United States)
S. J. Pearton, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Erin Patrick, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Mark E. Law, Univ. of Florida (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9363:
Gallium Nitride Materials and Devices X
Jen-Inn Chyi; Hiroshi Fujioka; Hadis Morkoç, Editor(s)

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