AlN/GaN MOS-HEMTs with thermally grown Al2O3 passivation

Taking, S., MacFarlane, D. and Wasige, E. (2011) AlN/GaN MOS-HEMTs with thermally grown Al2O3 passivation. IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, 58(5), pp. 1418-1424. (doi: 10.1109/TED.2011.2114665)

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This paper reports on the processing and characterization of AlN/GaN metal-oxide-semiconductor high-electron mobility transistors (MOS-HEMTs). The devices employ thermally grown Al<sub>2</sub>O<sub>3</sub> as a gate dielectric and surface protection and passivation, which is an approach that provides an opportunity to define the ohmic contact areas by wet etching of Al (and optimization of this processing step) prior to the formation of Al<sub>2</sub>O<sub>3</sub>3 and ohmic metal deposition. The devices also employ a new process technique that significantly suppresses leakage currents on the mesa sidewalls. Fabricated devices exhibited good direct current and radio frequency performance. A high peak current, i.e., ~ 1.5 A/mm, at V<sub>GS</sub> = +3 V and a current-gain cutoff frequency f<sub>T</sub> and maximum oscillation frequency f<sub>MAX</sub> of 50 and 40 GHz, respectively, were obtained for a device with 0.2-μm gate length and 100- μm gate width. Additionally, a robust method for the extraction of the small-signal equivalent circuit suitable for process optimization is described. It relies on intimate process knowledge and device geometry to determine equivalent circuit elements of the fabricated AlN/GaN MOS-HEMTs.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wasige, Professor Edward
Authors: Taking, S., MacFarlane, D., and Wasige, E.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Journal Name:IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices

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