Epitaxial ZnO gate dielectrics deposited by RF sputter for AlGaN/GaN metal-oxide-semiconductor high-electron-mobility transistors

Seonno Yoon, Seungmin Lee, Hyun Seop Kim, Ho Young Cha, Hi Deok Lee, Jungwoo Oh

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Radio frequency (RF)-sputtered ZnO gate dielectrics for AlGaN/GaN metal-oxide-semiconductor high-electron-mobility transistors (MOS-HEMTs) were investigated with varying O2/Ar ratios. The ZnO deposited with a low oxygen content of 4.5% showed a high dielectric constant and low interface trap density due to the compensation of oxygen vacancies during the sputtering process. The good capacitance-voltage characteristics of ZnO-on-AlGaN/GaN capacitors resulted from the high crystallinity of oxide at the interface, as investigated by x-ray diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The MOS-HEMTs demonstrated comparable output electrical characteristics with conventional Ni/Au HEMTs but a lower gate leakage current. At a gate voltage of -20 V, the typical gate leakage current for a MOS-HEMT with a gate length of 6 μm and width of 100 μm was found to be as low as 8.2 ×10-7 mA mm-1, which was three orders lower than that of the Ni/Au Schottky gate HEMT. The reduction of the gate leakage current improved the on/off current ratio by three orders of magnitude. These results indicate that RF-sputtered ZnO with a low O2/Ar ratio is a good gate dielectric for high-performance AlGaN/GaN MOS-HEMTs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number015007
JournalSemiconductor Science and Technology
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1

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Gate dielectrics
High electron mobility transistors
high electron mobility transistors
metal oxide semiconductors
radio frequencies
Metals
Leakage currents
leakage
Electric potential
Oxygen vacancies
High resolution transmission electron microscopy
Oxides
Sputtering
capacitance-voltage characteristics
aluminum gallium nitride
Oxide semiconductors
oxygen
Capacitors
Permittivity
Capacitance

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  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry

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