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Room-Temperature mobility above 2200 cm2/V.s of two-dimensional electron gas in a sharp-interface AlGaN/GaN heterostructure
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
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2015 (English)In: Applied Physics Letters, ISSN 0003-6951, E-ISSN 1077-3118, Vol. 106, no 25, 251601Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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A high mobility of 2250 cm2/V·s of a two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) in a metalorganic chemical vapor deposition-grown AlGaN/GaN heterostructure was demonstrated. The mobility enhancement was a result of better electron confinement due to a sharp AlGaN/GaN interface, as confirmed by scanning transmission electron microscopy analysis, not owing to the formation of a traditional thin AlN exclusion layer. Moreover, we found that the electron mobility in the sharp-interface heterostructures can sustain above 2000 cm2/V·s for a wide range of 2DEG densities. Finally, it is promising that the sharp-interface AlGaN/GaN heterostructure would enable low contact resistance fabrication, less impurity-related scattering, and trapping than the AlGaN/AlN/GaN heterostructure, as the high-impurity-contained AlN is removed.

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American Institute of Physics (AIP), 2015. Vol. 106, no 25, 251601
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-117133DOI: 10.1063/1.4922877ISI: 000357036600005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-117133DiVA: diva2:805915
Available from: 2015-04-17 Created: 2015-04-17 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
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1. MOCVD growth of GaN-based high electron mobility transistor structures
Open this publication in new window or tab >>MOCVD growth of GaN-based high electron mobility transistor structures
2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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The present work was to improve the overall quality of GaN-based high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) epitaxial structures grown on semi-insulating (SI) SiC and native GaN substrates, using an approach called bottom-to-top optimization. The bottom-to-top optimization means an entire growth process optimization, from in-situ substrate pretreatment to the epitaxial growth and then the cooling process. Great effort was put to gain the understanding of the influence of growth parameters on material properties and consequently to establish an advanced and reproducible growth process. Many state-of-the-art material properties of GaN-based HEMT structures were achieved in this work, including superior structural integrity of AlN nucleation layers for ultra-low thermal boundary resistance, excellent control of residual impurities, outstanding and nearly-perfect crystalline quality of GaN epilayers grown on SiC and native GaN substrates, respectively, and record-high room temperature 2DEG mobility obtained in simple AlGaN/GaN heterostructures.

The epitaxial growth of the wide bandgap III-nitride epilayers like GaN, AlN,  AlGaN, and InAlN, as well as various GaN-based HEMT structures was all carried out in a hot-wall metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) system. A variety of structural and electrical characterizations were routinely used to provide fast feedback for adjusting growth parameters and developing improved growth processes.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2015. 59 p.
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Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1662
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-117138 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-117138 (DOI)978-91-7519-073-0 (ISBN)
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2015-05-12, Planck, Fysikhuset, Campus Valla, Linköping, 10:15 (English)
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