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Performance enhancement of GaN high electron-mobility transistors with atomic layer deposition Al2O3 passivation

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15 Author(s)
Dong Xu ; Microelectron. Center, BAE Syst., Nashua, NH, USA ; Kanin Chu ; J. Diaz ; Wenhua Zhu
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We report a new passivation technology based on atomic layer deposition (ALD) aluminum oxide for the GaN high electron-mobility transistor (HEMT). This new process markedly enhances GaN device's electrical performance including DC, and in particular the pulsed-IV characteristics. The achieved improvement is attributed to the outstanding interface between III-N and the ALD aluminum oxide resulting from the unique process of the ALD growth, featuring a wet-chemical-based wafer preparation as well as the self-cleaning at the very beginning of the whole growth process.

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Lester Eastman Conference on High Performance Devices (LEC), 2012

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7-9 Aug. 2012