Pd/Ru/Au Ohmic contacts to InAlSb/InAs heterostructures for high electron mobility transistors

R. Dormaier, Q. Zhang, Y. C. Chou, M. D. Lange, J. M. Yang, A. Oki, Suzanne E. Mohney

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The authors describe a Pd/Ru/Au Ohmic contact with enhanced thermal stability over the more commonly used Pd/Pt/Au Ohmic contact for InAlSb/InAs high electron mobility transistors. Transmission electron microscopy shows that reaction between Pd and the semiconductor begins in samples even before they are annealed. Decreases in contact resistance are correlated with increasing reaction between Pd and the semiconductor for annealing and aging at 175-225 °C for 3 h or 1 week. Small voids form in severely aged samples but do not increase the contact resistance. The Ru diffusion barrier is never observed to react with any other materials in either the contact or the semiconductor, and Au remains isolated from the Pd-bearing reaction products and semiconductor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2145-2152
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Vacuum Science and Technology B: Microelectronics and Nanometer Structures
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 12 2009


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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