Electrical Properties of p-type 3C-SiC/Si Heterojunction Diode Under Mechanical Stress
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The current mechanism and effects of external transverse stress in the  orientation on the electrical properties of a single crystal (100) p-3C-SiC/p-Si heterojunction diode are reported for the first time. It has been observed that the current flow in the heterojunction is due to tunneling through the triangular potential barrier formed due to valence band offset between Si and SiC. The applied stress produces small changes in tunneling current when stress is increased from 0 to 308 MPa. The observed increase in current at 0.24 V is 10% at maximum stress of 308 MPa. The increase of tunneling current when applying stress is explained in terms of stress, which alters the out-of-plane effective mass, and the effective tunneling barrier height of holes in top subbands of p-type Si.
IEEE Electron Device Letters
Microelectronics and Integrated Circuits