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A detailed study of the electrical properties of planar AlGaN/GaN Schottky diodes is presented, the focus being on the role of the two dimensional electron gas (2DEG) depletion and the diodes non-idealities in different voltage regimes. The 2DEG depletion behavior is inferred from the analysis of capacitance and current measurements with transition from vertical to lateral diode operation occurring at Vpinch-off = 4 V. In particular, the sub-micrometer depletion width, laterally extending from the edge of the Schottky contact under high reverse voltages, is evaluated on the basis of a simple fringe capacitance model. Current transport mechanisms are discussed, investigating the interrelation between 2DEG, Poole-Frenkel effect, and defects. With regard to defects, the role of dislocations in the AlGaN/GaN diode non-idealities, usually interpreted in terms of Schottky barrier inhomogeneities, is critically addressed …
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Publication date: 
7 Apr 2017

Anna Persano, Iolanda Pio, Vittorianna Tasco, Massimo Cuscunà, Adriana Passaseo, Adriano Cola

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Volume: 121 Issue: 13 Pages: 135701
Journal of Applied Physics