A complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS)-compatible Au-free Si/Ti/Al/Cu ohmic metallization scheme has been developed for AlGaN/GaN power transistors epitaxially grown on Si substrates. The Si/Ti/Al/Cu metallization exhibited a low specific contact resistance of 3.5 × 10- 6 ω cm2 after optimizing the Si interface layer. The ohmic metal surface was smooth with a root-mean-square roughness of 24 nm. Physical characterization confirmed that Cu diffusion into the semiconductor was suppressed because locally segregated TiSix alloys acted as a barrier. Shallow interfacial reactions of localized TiN alloys occurred in the AlGaN/GaN heterostructure. Without a designated diffusion barrier as in conventional Au-based metallization, the contact resistivity and surface morphology in Si/Ti/Al/Cu improved significantly, which helps address critical challenges associated with the fabrication of AlGaN/GaN power transistors on a Si CMOS platform.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Surfaces and Interfaces
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Metals and Alloys
- Materials Chemistry