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Effect of nitrogen incorporation into Al-based gate insulator in AlGaN/GaN MOS-HEMT

Asahara, Ryohei*; Nozaki, Mikito*; Yamada, Takahiro*; Ito, Joyo*; Nakazawa, Satoshi*; Ishida, Masahiro*; Ueda, Tetsuzo*; Yoshigoe, Akitaka ; Hosoi, Takuji*; Shimura, Takayoshi*; Watanabe, Heiji*

AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) with metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) gate structure has gained much attention as next-generation high frequency and high power devices. In this study, an improvement in thermal stability and interface properties of AlGaN/GaN MOS structure by using AlON gate dielectrics has been demonstrated. Synchrotron radiation photoemission spectroscopy (SR-PES) revealed that Ga and Al atoms were diffused from AlGaN into overlying Al$$_{2}$$O$$_{3}$$ layer during annealing at 800 degrees. In contrast, the spectra for AlON sample remain almost unchanged even after the annealing, indicating high thermal stability of AlON/AlGaN structure. Furthermore, the negligible hysteresis in capacitance-voltage characteristics and interface state density as low as 1.2$$times$$10$$^{11}$$ cm$$^{-2}$$eV$$^{-1}$$ were obtained for AlON/AlGaN/GaN MOS capacitors.



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