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Title: Comparative analysis of the effects of tantalum doping and annealing on atomic layer deposited (Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}){sub x}(Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}){sub 1−x} as potential gate dielectrics for GaN/Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1−x}N/GaN high electron mobility transistors

This paper describes a method to optimally combine wide band gap Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} with high dielectric constant (high-κ) Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} for gate dielectric applications. (Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}){sub x}(Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}){sub 1−x} thin films deposited by thermal atomic layer deposition (ALD) on GaN-capped Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1−x}N/GaN high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) structures have been studied as a function of the Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} molar fraction. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy shows that the bandgap of the oxide films linearly decreases from 6.5 eV for pure Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} to 4.6 eV for pure Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}. The dielectric constant calculated from capacitance-voltage measurements also increases linearly from 7.8 for Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} up to 25.6 for Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}. The effect of post-deposition annealing in N{sub 2} at 600 °C on the interfacial properties of undoped Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Ta-doped (Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}){sub 0.12}(Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}){sub 0.88} films grown on GaN-HEMTs has been investigated. These conditions are analogous to the conditions used for source/drain contact formation in gate-first HEMT technology. A reduction of the Ga-O to Ga-N bond ratios at the oxide/HEMT interfaces is observed after annealing, which is attributed to a reduction of interstitial oxygen-related defects. As a result, the conduction bandmore » offsets (CBOs) of the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/GaN-HEMT and (Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}){sub 0.16}(Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}){sub 0.84}/GaN-HEMT samples increased by ∼1.1 eV to 2.8 eV and 2.6 eV, respectively, which is advantageous for n-type HEMTs. The results demonstrate that ALD of Ta-doped Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} can be used to control the properties of the gate dielectric, allowing the κ-value to be increased, while still maintaining a sufficient CBO to the GaN-HEMT structure for low leakage currents.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ; ; ;  [1] ; ; ; ; ;  [3]
  1. Centre for Materials and Structures, School of Engineering, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, L69 3GH (United Kingdom)
  2. (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), Innovis, 2 Fusionopolis way, Singapore 138634 (Singapore)
  3. Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), Innovis, 2 Fusionopolis way, Singapore 138634 (Singapore)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22494908
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 119; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: (c) 2016 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; 71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ALUMINIUM OXIDES; ANNEALING; DIELECTRIC MATERIALS; DOPED MATERIALS; ELECTRON MOBILITY; GALLIUM NITRIDES; LEAKAGE CURRENT; PERMITTIVITY; TANTALUM; TANTALUM OXIDES; THIN FILMS; TRANSISTORS; X-RAY PHOTOELECTRON SPECTROSCOPY