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AlGaN/GaN heterostructures are important materials for the fabrication of high power and high frequency devices. However, the mechanisms of Ohmic contacts formation on these systems are continuously under scientific debate. In this paper, a structural and electrical investigation of Ti/Al/Ni/Au Ohmic contacts to AlGaN/GaN heterostructures is reported. In particular, the behavior of Ti/Al/Ni/Au multilayers was monitored at different annealing temperatures. The contacts became Ohmic after annealing at 750 C and showed a decreasing temperature behavior of the specific contact resistance R C, described by a thermionic field emission mechanism. On the other hand, annealing at 850 C led to a further reduction of R C, with a slightly increasing dependence of R C on the measurement temperature (here regarded as a “metal-like” behavior). The microstructural analysis of the interfacial region allowed to explain the …
Trans Tech Publications Ltd
Publication date: 
1 Jan 2015

Giuseppe Greco, Ferdinando Iucolano, Fabrizio Roccaforte

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Volume: 821 Pages: 999-1002
Materials Science Forum