12-15 July 2011
Saint George Hotel
Africa/Johannesburg timezone

Electrical characterisation of the interface in a Au \ Ni \ n -Al0.18Ga0.82N Scottky contact system

13 Jul 2011, 17:00


Poster Presentation Track A - Condensed Matter Physics and Material Science Poster1


Dr W. E. Meyer (University of Pretoria)


The AlxGa1-xN materials system is important for realising tuneable LED and laser sources and short wavelength photodetectors. While AlxGa1-xN (x = 0) is fairly known, there is interest in studying the effects of an increasing Al fraction on properties of devices. In particular, on the properties of a bi-metal Ni\ Au Schottky contact. We utilise Current-Voltage (I-V) and the forward Capacitance-Voltage (C-V) characteristics; and, Admittance (Capacitance-Frequency (C-f) and Conductance-Frequency (G-f) techniques to study the Ni\ Au Schottky barrier contact by monitoring the diode ideality (n), the Schottky barrier height and the density of interface states (Dit). The as deposited Ni\ Au Schottky contact is non- ideal with an ideality factor, n = 1.6 eV. We also observe for low forward voltages, a Recombination-Generation (R-G) component to current conduction. The forward C-V measurements reveal an anomalous peak at 0.45 V confirming the observed non-ideality. The as deposited Dit increases exponentially to about 4.5 x 1011 eV-1 cm-2 towards the mid band gap. G-f measurements reveal a broad peak around 300 kHz at room temperature, which below 240 K evolves into two peaks centred around 40 kHz and 1 MHz. Preliminary isochronal annealing in Oxygen between room temperature and 623 K indicate that the I-V characteristics improve with idealities around 1 eV and the Dit is reduced from 4.5 x 1011 eV-1 cm-2 to about 3.5 x 1010 eV-1 cm-2 in the annealed samples. Our results are consistent with a metal-oxide-semiconductor model for the annealed Ni\ Au Scottky contact.

Level (Hons, MSc, <br> &nbsp; PhD, other)? PhD
Consider for a student <br> &nbsp; award (Yes / No)? Yes
Would you like to <br> submit a short paper <br> for the Conference <br> Proceedings (Yes / No)? Yes

Primary author

Mr Matshisa Legodi (University of Pretoria)


Prof. F. D. Auret (University of Pretoria) Dr W. E. Meyer (University of Pretoria)

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