Comparison of 10 MeV Neutron Irradiation Effects on NiO/Ga2O3 Heterojunction Rectifiers and Ni/Au/Ga2O3 Schottky Rectifiers

Jian Sian Li, Xinyi Xia, Chao Ching Chiang, Hsiao Hsuan Wan, Fan Ren, Jihyun Kim, S. J. Pearton

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Neutrons generated through charge-exchange 9Be (p; ni) 9Be reactions, with energies ranging from 0-33 MeV and an average energy of ∼9.8 MeV were used to irradiate conventional Schottky Ga2O3 rectifiers and NiO/Ga2O3 p-n heterojunction rectifiers to fluences of 1.1-2.2 × 1014 cm−2. The breakdown voltage was improved after irradiation for the Schottky rectifiers but was highly degraded for their NiO/Ga2O3 counterparts. This may be a result of extended defect zones within the NiO. After irradiation, the switching characteristics were degraded and irradiated samples of both types could not survive switching above 0.7 A or 400 V, whereas reference samples were robust to 1 A and 1 kV. The carrier removal rate in both types of devices was ∼45 cm−1. The forward currents and on-state resistances were only slightly degraded by neutron irradiation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number075004
JournalECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Jul
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
The work at UF was performed as part of Interaction of Ionizing Radiation with Matter University Research Alliance (IIRM-URA), sponsored by the Department of the Defense, Defense Threat Reduction Agency under award HDTRA1–20–2–0002. The content of the information does not necessarily reflect the position or the policy of the federal government, and no official endorsement should be inferred. The work at UF was also supported by NSF DMR 1856662 (James Edgar). The work in Korea was supported by the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT) (P0012451, The Competency Development Program for Industry Specialist), the National Research Foundation of Korea (2020M3H4A3081799) and the K-Sensor Development Program (RS-2022-00154729), funded by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE, Korea).

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© 2023 The Author(s). Published on behalf of The Electrochemical Society by IOP Publishing Limited

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