Surface-Passivation Effects on the Performance of 4H-SiC BJTs
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In this brief, the electrical performance in terms of maximum current gain and breakdown voltage is compared experimentally and by device simulation for 4H-SiC BJTs passivated with different surface-passivation layers. Variation in bipolar junction transistor (BJT) performance has been correlated to densities of interface traps and fixed oxide charge, as evaluated through MOS capacitors. Six different methods were used to fabricate SiO2 surface passivation on BJT samples from the same wafer. The highest current gain was obtained for plasma-deposited SiO2 which was annealed in N2O ambient at 1100àfor 3 h. Variations in breakdown voltage for different surface passivations were also found, and this was attributed to differences in fixed oxide charge that can affect the optimum dose of the high-voltage junction-termination extension (JTE). The dependence of breakdown voltage on the dose was also evaluated through nonimplanted BJTs with etched JTE.
IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices
Microelectronics and Integrated Circuits