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Peak degradation of heavy-ion induced transient currents in 6H-SiC MOS capacitor

Makino, Takahiro; Iwamoto, Naoya*; Onoda, Shinobu; Oshima, Takeshi; Kojima, Kazutoshi*; Nozaki, Shinji*

The peak amplitude of ion induced transient current in n-type 6H-SiC MOS capacitors decreased as the number of incident ions increased and the decrease was recovered to the initial value by applying a positive bias at +1 V. In addition, we monitored a change in the capacitance for the MOS capacitors during ion irradiation. The capacitances increase as the number of incident ion increase. Thus, the result obtained in this study indicates that the depletion layer decreased as the increasing number of incident ions and saturated. Since the number of incident ions at the peak current saturation corresponds to the saturation of the capacitance, we can conclude that the decrease in peak current comes from the decrease in the depletion layer. In addition, the generation of electron-hole pairs by incident ion may result in the formation of an inversion layer. This would have the effect of shielding the charge carriers from the applied bias further reducing the depletion layer width.

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