In Situ Plasma Enhanced Atomic Layer Deposition Half Cycle Study of Al₂O₃ on AlGaN/GaN High Electron Mobility Transistors
Wallace, Robert M.
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A half cycle study of plasma enhanced atomic layer deposited (PEALD) Al₂O₃ on AlGaN is investigated using in situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, low energy ion scattering, and ex situ electrical characterizations. A faster nucleation or growth is detected from PEALD relative to purely thermal ALD using an H₂O precursor. The remote O₂ plasma oxidizes the AlGaN surface slightly at the initial stage, which passivates the surface and reduces the OFF-state leakage. This work demonstrates that PEALD is a useful strategy for Al₂O₃ growth on AlGaN/GaN devices. © 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.
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