Apr 30, 2019

Characterization of tungsten–nickel simultaneous Ohmic contacts to p- and n-type 4H-SiC

Ohmic contacts to p- and n-type 4H-SiC using refractory alloyed W:Ni thin films were investigated. Transfer length measurement test structures to p-type 4H-SiC (NA = 3 × 1020 cm−3) revealed Ohmic contacts with specific contact resistances, ρc, of ~10−5 Ω cm2 after 0.5 h annealing in argon at temperatures of 1000 °C, 1100 °C, 1150 °C, and 1200 °C. Contacts fabricated on n-type 4H-SiC (ND = 2 × 1019 cm−3) by similar methods were shown to have similar specific contact resistance values after annealing, demonstrating simultaneous Ohmic contact formation for W:Ni alloys on 4H-SiC. The lowest ρc values were (7.3 ± 0.9) × 10−6 Ω cm2 for p-SiC and (6.8 ± 3.1) × 10−6 Ω cm2 for n-SiC after annealing at 1150 °C. X-ray diffraction shows a cubic tungsten–nickel–carbide phase in the Ohmic contacts after annealing as well as WC after higher temperatures. Auger electron spectroscopy depth profiles support the presence of metal carbide regions above a nickel and silicon-rich region near the interface. X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy mapping showed tungsten-rich and nickel-rich regions after annealing at 1100 °C and above. W:Ni alloys show promise as simultaneous Ohmic contacts to p- and n-SiC, offering low and comparable ρc values along with the formation of WxNiyC.

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