We report the performance of AlGaN buffer GaN high-electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition. GaN HEMTs on high-quality AlGaN buffer were grown on SiC substrates. The incorporation of an AlGaN buffer into the GaN HEMT significantly improves channel confinement and suppresses the short-channel effect. Advanced deep-recess V-gate structures were employed to optimize the device for better microwave power performance. With a 10-nm GaN channel layer sandwiched between the AlGaN barrier and buffer, excellent power performance was achieved. The output power density is 13.1 W/mm, and the associated power-added efficiency is 72% at 4-GHz frequency and 48-V drain bias. This power performance is comparable to the state-of-the-art GaN HEMTs grown on GaN buffers, indicating that the AlGaN buffer in our optimized device structure does not introduce any noticeable trapping.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering