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Article PreviewArticle PreviewArticle PreviewWe report on the electrical characteristics of Ni/4H-SiC Schottky contacts fabricated on a Ge-doped 4H-SiC epilayer. The morphology and the current mapping carried out by conductive atomic force microscopy on the epilayer allowed observing nanoscale preferential conductive paths on the sample surface. The electrical characteristics of Ni contacts have been studied before and after a rapid thermal annealing process. A highly inhomogeneous Schottky barrier was observed in as-deposited diodes, probably related to the surface electrical inhomogeneities of the 4H-SiC epilayer. A significant improvement of the Schottky diodes characteristics was achieved after annealing at 700 C, leading to the consumption of the near surface epilayer region by Ni/4H-SiC reaction. After this treatment, the temperature behavior of the ideality factor and Schottky barrier height was …
Trans Tech Publications Ltd
Publication date: 
1 Jan 2014

Marilena Vivona, Kassem Al Assaad, Véronique Soulière, Filippo Giannazzo, Fabrizio Roccaforte, Gabriel Ferro

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Volume: 778 Pages: 706-709
Materials Science Forum