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The electrical compensation effect of the nitrogen incorporation at the SiO 2/4H-SiC (p-type) interface after thermal treatments in ambient N 2 O is investigated employing both scanning spreading resistance microscopy (SSRM) and scanning capacitance microscopy (SCM). SSRM measurements on p-type 4H-SiC areas selectively exposed to N 2 O at 1150 C showed an increased resistance compared to the unexposed ones; this indicates the incorporation of electrically active nitrogen-related donors, which compensate the p-type doping in the SiC surface region. Cross-sectional SCM measurements on SiO 2/4H-SiC metal/oxide/semiconductor (MOS) devices highlighted different active carrier concentration profiles in the first 10 nm underneath the insulator–substrate interface depending on the SiO 2/4H-SiC roughness.
Publication date: 
8 Apr 2013

Patrick Fiorenza, Filippo Giannazzo, Lukas K Swanson, Alessia Frazzetto, Simona Lorenti, Mario S Alessandrino, Fabrizio Roccaforte

Biblio References: 
Volume: 4 Issue: 1 Pages: 249-254
Beilstein journal of nanotechnology