Interface Reactions and Electrical Properties of Ta/4H-SiC Contacts


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This study deals with the interfacial reactions and electrical properties of Ta/4H-SiC contacts. Tantalum thin films (~100 nm) were deposited onto SiC wafer at room temperature by argon ion beam sputtering. The samples were then heated in high vacuum at 650°C, 800°C or 950°C for 30 min. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), glancing angle X-ray diffraction (XRD), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) and current-voltage (I-V) technique were used for characterising the samples. Ohmic contact is formed in the studied samples after annealing at or above 800°C even though considerable amount of metallic Ta still exists. The reaction zone possesses a layered structure of Ta2C/Ta2C+Ta5Si3/SiC. High enough temperature is needed to provide for sufficient interface change to tailor the contact properties.



Materials Science Forum (Volumes 556-557)

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N. Wright, C.M. Johnson, K. Vassilevski, I. Nikitina and A. Horsfall




Y. Cao et al., "Interface Reactions and Electrical Properties of Ta/4H-SiC Contacts ", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 556-557, pp. 713-716, 2007

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September 2007