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Chin. Phys. B, 2020, Vol. 29(2): 027301    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/ab5fb9
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Breakdown voltage enhancement in GaN channel and AlGaN channel HEMTs using large gate metal height

Zhong-Xu Wang(王中旭)1, Lin Du(杜林)2, Jun-Wei Liu(刘俊伟)1, Ying Wang(王颖)3, Yun Jiang(江芸)2, Si-Wei Ji(季思蔚)2, Shi-Wei Dong(董士伟)3, Wei-Wei Chen(陈伟伟)3, Xiao-Hong Tan(谭骁洪)4, Jin-Long Li(李金龙)4, Xiao-Jun Li(李小军)3, Sheng-Lei Zhao(赵胜雷)1, Jin-Cheng Zhang(张进成)1, Yue Hao(郝跃)1
1 Key Laboratory for Wide Band-Gap Semiconductor Materials and Devices, School of Microelectronics, Xidian University, Xi'an 710071, China;
2 Shanghai Precision Metrology and Testing Research Institute, Shanghai 201109, China;
3 China Academy of Space Technology(Xi'an), Xi'an 710000, China;
4 Sichuan Institute of Solid-State Circuits, CETC, Chongqing 400060, China
Abstract  A large gate metal height technique is proposed to enhance breakdown voltage in GaN channel and AlGaN channel high-electron-mobility-transistors (HEMTs). For GaN channel HEMTs with gate-drain spacing LGD=2.5 μm, the breakdown voltage VBR increases from 518 V to 582 V by increasing gate metal height h from 0.2 μm to 0.4 μm. For GaN channel HEMTs with LGD=7 μm, VBR increases from 953 V to 1310 V by increasing h from 0.8 μm to 1.6 μm. The breakdown voltage enhancement results from the increase of the gate sidewall capacitance and depletion region extension. For Al0.4Ga0.6N channel HEMT with LGD=7 μm, VBR increases from 1535 V to 1763 V by increasing h from 0.8 μm to 1.6 μm, resulting in a high average breakdown electric field of 2.51 MV/cm. Simulation and analysis indicate that the high gate metal height is an effective method to enhance breakdown voltage in GaN-based HEMTs, and this method can be utilized in all the lateral semiconductor devices.
Keywords:  GaN channel HEMTs      AlGaN channel HEMTs      breakdown voltage      gate metal height  
Received:  04 November 2019      Revised:  05 December 2019      Published:  05 February 2020
PACS:  73.40.Kp (III-V semiconductor-to-semiconductor contacts, p-n junctions, and heterojunctions)  
  73.61.Ey (III-V semiconductors)  
  78.30.Fs (III-V and II-VI semiconductors)  
Fund: Project supported by the National Key Science & Technology Special Project of China (Grant No. 2017ZX01001301), the National Key Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2016YFB0400100), and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51777168 and 61801374).
Corresponding Authors:  Sheng-Lei Zhao, Jin-Cheng Zhang     E-mail:  slzhao@xidian.edu.cn;jchzhang@xidian.edu.cn

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Zhong-Xu Wang(王中旭), Lin Du(杜林), Jun-Wei Liu(刘俊伟), Ying Wang(王颖), Yun Jiang(江芸), Si-Wei Ji(季思蔚), Shi-Wei Dong(董士伟), Wei-Wei Chen(陈伟伟), Xiao-Hong Tan(谭骁洪), Jin-Long Li(李金龙), Xiao-Jun Li(李小军), Sheng-Lei Zhao(赵胜雷), Jin-Cheng Zhang(张进成), Yue Hao(郝跃) Breakdown voltage enhancement in GaN channel and AlGaN channel HEMTs using large gate metal height 2020 Chin. Phys. B 29 027301

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