Evaluation of 4H-SiC Carbon Face Gate Oxide Reliability
The gate oxide reliability and channel mobility of carbon face (000-1) 4H Silicon Carbide (SiC) MOSFETs are investigated. Several gate oxidation processes including dry oxygen, pyrogenic steam, and nitrided oxides were investigated utilizing MOS capacitors for time dependent dielectric breakdown (TDDB), dielectric field strength, and MOSFETs for inversion layer mobility measurements. The results show the C-face can achieve reliability similar to the Si-face, however this is highly dependent on the gate oxide process. The reliability is inversely related to the field effect mobility where other research groups report that pyrogenic steam yields the highest electron mobility while this work shows it has weakest oxide in terms of dielectric strength and shortest time to failure.
Edouard V. Monakhov, Tamás Hornos and Bengt. G. Svensson
J. Fronheiser et al., "Evaluation of 4H-SiC Carbon Face Gate Oxide Reliability", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 679-680, pp. 354-357, 2011