PROJECT TITLE :
Normally off Al2O3–AlGaN/GaN MIS-HEMT With Transparent Gate Electrode for Gate Degradation Investigation
Al2O3–AlGaN/GaN metal–insulator–semiconductor high-electron-mobility transistors (MIS-HEMTs) featuring indium tin oxide transparent gate electrode are fabricated for the purpose of evaluating the gate reliability. The transparent gate electrode allows electroluminescence (EL) observation in the region directly under the gate, which cannot be performed in conventional MIS-HEMTs with opaque gate electrode. Normally OFF transparent-gate MIS-HEMTs were realized by implanting fluorine ions into the AlGaN barrier prior to the deposition of Al2O3. The dependence of EL on bias condition was investigated with the color of EL resolved by filters. Gate dielectric degradation in MIS-HEMTs was induced by OFF state drain-bias stress, as detected by the increased gate leakage current. Location of the gate degradation could be clearly identified by EL imaging through the transparent gate. From the EL image, the passivation layer under the overhang of T-shaped gate is found to be vulnerable to OFF-state stress, which is confirmed by simulation.
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