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The temperature dependence of the electrical properties of Pt∕GaN Schottky barrier was studied. In particular, a Schottky barrier height of 0.96eV and an ideality factor of 1.16 were found after a postdeposition annealing at 400°C. Nanoscale electrical characterization was carried out by the conductive biased tip of an atomic force microscope both on the bare GaN surface and on the Pt∕GaN contacts. The presence of a lateral inhomogeneity of the Schottky barrier, with a Gaussian distribution of the barrier height values, was demonstrated. Moreover, GaN surface defects were demonstrated to act as local preferential paths for the current conduction. The temperature dependent electrical characteristics of the diodes were discussed in terms of the existing models on inhomogeneous barriers and correlated to the nanoscale electrical characterization of the barrier. In this way, the anomalous electrical behavior of the …
American Institute of Physics
Publication date: 
1 Dec 2007

Ferdinando Iucolano, Fabrizio Roccaforte, Filippo Giannazzo, Vito Raineri

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Volume: 102 Issue: 11 Pages: 113701
Journal of Applied Physics