Anatomy-performance correlation in Ti-based contact metallizations on AlGaNGaN heterostructures

Fitih M. Mohammed, Liang Wang, Hyung Joon Koo, Ilesanmi Adesida

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A comprehensive study of the electrical and surface microstructural characteristics of TiAu, TiAlAu, TiMoAu, and TiAlmetalAu schemes, where metal is Ir, Mo, Nb, Pt, Ni, Ta, and Ti, has been carried out to determine the role of constituent components of multilayer contact metallizations on Ohmic contact formation on AlGaNGaN heterostructures. Attempts have been made to elucidate the anatomy (composition-structure) performance correlation in these schemes. Evidences have been obtained for the necessity of the Al and metal barrier layer as well as an optimal amount of Ti for achieving low-resistance Ohmic contact formation. A strong dependence of electrical properties and intermetallic interactions on the type of metal barrier layer used was found. Scanning electron microscopy characterization, coupled with energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, has shown evidence for alloy aggregation, metal layer fragmentation, Al-Au solid solution formation, and possible Au and/or Al reaction with metal layer. Results from the present study provide insights on the active and the necessary role various components of a multilayer contact metallization play for obtaining excellent Ohmic contact formation in the fabrication of AlGaNGaN high electron mobility transistors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number033708
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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