Development of Electrode Materials for Semiconductor Devices


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Recent strong demands for optoelectronic communication and portable telephones have encouraged engineers to develop optoelectronic devices, microwave devices, and high-speed devices using heterostructural compound semiconductors. Although the compound crystal growth techniques had reached at a level to control the compositional stoichiometry and crystal defects on a nearly atomic scale by the advanced techniques such as molecular beam epitaxy and metal organic chemical vapor deposition techniques, development of ohmic contact materials (which play a key role to inject external electric current from the metals to the semiconductors) was still on a trial-and-error basis. Our research efforts have been focused to develop, low resistance, refractory ohmic contact materials using the deposition and annealing techniques for n-GaAs, p-ZnSe, InP, p-SiC p-CdTe etc. It was found the growth of homo- or hetero–epitaxial intermediate semiconductor layers (ISL) was essential for low resistance contact formation. The importance of hetero-structural ISL was given taking an example of n-type ohmic contact for GaAs.



Materials Science Forum (Volumes 475-479)

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Z.Y. Zhong, H. Saka, T.H. Kim, E.A. Holm, Y.F. Han and X.S. Xie






M. Murakami et al., "Development of Electrode Materials for Semiconductor Devices", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 475-479, pp. 1705-1714, 2005

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January 2005




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