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Electrical properties of SiC MOSFETs irradiated with $$gamma$$-rays at elevated temperature

Matsuda, Takuma; Yokoseki, Takashi; Mitomo, Satoshi; Murata, Koichi; Makino, Takahiro; Takeyama, Akinori; Onoda, Shinobu; Okubo, Shuichi*; Tanaka, Yuki*; Kandori, Mikio*; Yoshie, Toru*; Oshima, Takeshi; Hijikata, Yasuto*

Silicon carbide (SiC) is expected to be applied to Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (MOS) FETs used in harsh radiation environments to decommission TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors. To develop radiation resistant SiC MOS FETs, clarification of their radiation response under elevated temperature is required. We measured capacitance-voltage (C-V) characteristics of SiC MOSFETs irradiated with $$gamma$$-rays at 423 K in nitrogen atmosphere. The samples were vertical power 4H-SiC MOSFETs with the blocking voltage of 1200 V and the rated current of 20 A with the gate oxide thickness of 45 nm. Typical C-V curve of a SiC MOSFET irradiated even up to 5 kGy was shifted to negative voltage side, suggesting that the positive charges generated in gate oxide by irradiation. While, no significant change in the slope of the curve was observed, indicating that interface traps between the gate oxide and SiC were merely generated. The radiation response of SiC MOS FETs under elevated temperature predominantly depends on the amount of positive charges generated in the gate oxide.



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