3C-SiС Hetero-Epitaxially Grown on Silicon Compliance Substrates and New 3C-SiС Substrates for Sustainable Wide-Band-Gap Power Devices (CHALLENGE)
The cubic polytype of SiC (3C-SiC) is the only one that can be grown on silicon substrate with the thickness required for targeted applications. Possibility to grow such layers has remained for a long period a real advantage in terms of scalability. Even the relatively narrow band-gap of 3C-SiC (2.3eV), which is often regarded as detrimental in comparison with other polytypes, can in fact be an advantage. However, the crystalline quality of 3C-SiC on silicon has to be improved in order to benefit from the intrinsic 3C-SiC properties. In this project new approaches for the reduction of defects will be used and new compliance substrates that can help to reduce the stress and the defect density at the same time will be explored. Numerical simulations will be applied to optimize growth conditions and reduce stress in the material. The structure of the final devices will be simulated using the appropriated numerical tools where new numerical model will be introduced to take into account the properties of the new material. Thanks to these simulations tools and the new material with low defect density, several devices that can work at high power and with low power consumption will be realized within the project.
Robert Stahlbush, Philip Neudeck, Anup Bhalla, Robert P. Devaty, Michael Dudley and Aivars Lelis
F. La Via et al., "3C-SiС Hetero-Epitaxially Grown on Silicon Compliance Substrates and New 3C-SiС Substrates for Sustainable Wide-Band-Gap Power Devices (CHALLENGE)", Materials Science Forum, Vol. 924, pp. 913-918, 2018