Composite ohmic contacts to SiC

A. V. Adedeji, A. C. Ahyi, J. R. Williams, M. J. Bozack, S. E. Mohney, B. Liu, J. D. Scofield

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Abstract

Composite ohmic contacts designed for SiC devices operating in air at 350°C have been studied. Ohmic contacts to n- and p-4H-SiC were protected against inter-diffusion and oxidation by Ta-Si-N layers obtained by sputter deposition from a TaSi2 target in a mixture of Ar and N2. Platinum was sputter-deposited at 250°C to promote adhesion between the Ta-SiN barrier layer and a thick Au cap layer. Platinum also acts as a barrier to the diffusion of Au. The electrical and mechanical characteristics of the composite contacts were stable after hundreds of hours of annealing in air at 350°C. We report the effects of thermal aging on the specific contact resistance and the semiconductor sheet resistance, and the results of wire bond pull and shear tests following aging for Ta-Si-N / Pt / Au stacks deposited on both SiO2 dielectric layers and the ohmic contact layers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSilicon Carbide and Related Materials - 2005, - Proceedings of the International Conference on Silicon Carbide and Related Materials -2005
PublisherTrans Tech Publications Ltd
Pages879-882
Number of pages4
EditionPART 2
ISBN (Print)9780878494255
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006
EventInternational Conference on Silicon Carbide and Related Materials 2005, (ICSCRM 2005) - Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Duration: Sep 18 2005Sep 23 2005

Publication series

NameMaterials Science Forum
NumberPART 2
Volume527-529
ISSN (Print)0255-5476
ISSN (Electronic)1662-9752

Other

OtherInternational Conference on Silicon Carbide and Related Materials 2005, (ICSCRM 2005)
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPittsburgh, PA
Period9/18/059/23/05

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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