Papers by Author: Lin Cheng

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Authors: Lin Cheng, Janna R. B. Casady, Janice Mazzola, Jeff B. Casady, Yaroslav Koshka, V. Bondarenko
Authors: Lin Cheng, Janna R. B. Casady, Michael S. Mazzola, V. Bondarenko, Robin L. Kelley, Igor Sankin, J. Neil Merrett, Jeff B. Casady
Abstract: In this work we have demonstrated the operation of 600-V class 4H-SiC vertical-channel junction field-effect transistors (VJFETs) with 6.6-ns rise time, 7.6-ns fall time, 4.8-ns turn-on and 5.4-ns turn-off delay time at 2.5 A drain current (IDS), which corresponds to a maximum switching frequency of 41 MHz – the fastest ever reported switching of SiC JFETs to our knowledge. At IDS of 12 A, a 19.1 MHz maximum switching frequency has been also achieved. Specific on-resistance (Rsp-on) in the linear region is 2.5 m·cm2 at VGS of 3 V. The drain current density is greater than 1410 A/cm2 at 9 V drain voltage. High-temperature operation of the 4H-SiC VJFETs has also been investigated at temperatures from 25 °C to 225 °C. Changes in the on-resistance with temperature are in the range of 0.90~1.33%/°C at zero gate bias and IDS of 50 mA. The threshold voltage becomes more negative with a negative shift of 0.096~0.105%/°C with increasing temperature.
Authors: J. Neil Merrett, John R. Williams, J.D. Cressler, A.P. Sutton, Lin Cheng, V. Bondarenko, Igor Sankin, D. Seale, Michael S. Mazzola, Bharat Krishnan, Yaroslav Koshka, Jeff B. Casady
Abstract: 4H-SiC vertical depletion-mode trench JFETs were fabricated, packaged, and then irradiated with either 6.8 Mrad gamma from a 60Co source, a 9x1011 cm-2 dose of 4 MeV protons, or a 5x1013 cm-2 dose of 63 MeV protons. 4H-SiC Schottky diodes were also fabricated, packaged and exposed to the same irradiations. The trench VJFETs have a nominal blocking voltage of 600 V and a forward current rating of 2 A prior to irradiation. On-state and blocking I-V characteristics were measured after irradiation and compared to the pre-irradiation performance. Devices irradiated with 4 MeV proton and gamma radiation showed a slight increase in on resistance and a decrease in leakage current in blocking mode. Devices irradiated with 63 MeV protons, however, showed a dramatic decrease in forward current. DLTS measurements were performed, and the results of these measurements will be discussed as well.
Authors: Lin Cheng, Igor Sankin, Volodymyr Bondarenko, Michael S. Mazzola, James D. Scofield, David C. Sheridan, P. Martin, Janna R. B. Casady, Jeff B. Casady
Abstract: In this work we have demonstrated the high-temperature operations of 600 V/50 A 4HSiC vertical-channel junction field-effect transistors (VJFETs) with an active area of 3 mm2. Specific-on resistance (RONSP) in the linear region of a single die is less than 2.6 mW.cm2 while the drain-source current is over 50 A under a gate bias (VGS) of 3 V. A reverse blocking gain of 54 is obtained at gate bias ranging from -13 V to -23 V and drain-source leakage current (IRDS) of 200 μA. To demonstrate the use of SiC VJFETs for high-power applications, eight 3 mm2 SiC VJFETs are bonded in a high current 600-V module. RONSP in the linear region of these eight-paralleled SiC VJFETs is 2.8 mW.cm2 at room temperature and increased to 5.35 mW.cm2 at an ambient temperature of 175 °C in air, corresponding to a shift of 0.61%/°C from room temperature to 175 °C. Meanwhile, the forward current is over 360 A at room temperature and reduces to 188 A at 175 °C at drain-source bias (VDS) of 5.25 V and VGS of 3 V.
Authors: Lin Cheng, P. Martin, Michael S. Mazzola, David C. Sheridan, R.L. Kelly, Volodymyr Bondarenko, S. Morrison, R. Gray, G. Tian, James D. Scofield, Janna R. B. Casady, Jeff B. Casady
Abstract: In this work we report the most recent high-temperature long-term reliability results of the 600 V/14 A, 4H-SiC vertical-channel junction field-effect transistors (VJFETs). Two groups (A and B) devices were subjected to different thermal and electrical stresses. One device (Group A) reached 12,000 hours of continuous switching without a single failure. Four devices in Group A were thermally stressed at 250 °C over 4,670 hours in air, for which standard deviation of the specific on-resistance (RONSP) in linear region at gate bias (VGS) of 3 V were < 4.1% throughout the entire duration time. The off-state characteristics were evaluated by high temperature reverse bias (HTRB) tests. Three devices (Group A) were biased at 50% rated BVDS at 250 °C for 2,278 hours. A higher reverse bias at 80 % rated BVDS was then applied to 14 devices (group B) at 200 °C for 1,000 hours. Variations of the leakage current were negligible throughout the entire HTRB test for all tested devices.
Authors: Zheng Chen, Li Zhang, Lin Cheng, Y. Xu
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