Impurity Conduction in Silicon Carbide
We report on admittance spectroscopy (AS) investigations taken on aluminum (Al)- doped 6H-SiC crystals at low temperatures. Admittance spectra taken on Schottky contacts of highly doped samples (NA ≥ 7.2×1017 cm-3) reveal two series of conductance peaks, which cause two different slopes of the Arrhenius plot. The steep slope is attributed to the Al acceptor, while the flatter one - obtained from the low temperature peaks - is attributed to the activation energy ε3 of nearest neighbor hopping. We propose a model, which explains the unexpected sharpness of the low temperature conductance peaks and the disappearance of these peaks for low acceptor concentrations. The model is verified by simulation, and the AS results are compared with corresponding results obtained from resistivity measurements taken on 4H- and the identical 6HSiC samples.
N. Wright, C.M. Johnson, K. Vassilevski, I. Nikitina and A. Horsfall
M. Krieger et al., "Impurity Conduction in Silicon Carbide", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 556-557, pp. 367-370, 2007