Low-resistance Ni/Al Ohmic contacts applied to a nonpolar a -plane n -type GaN

Dong Ho Kim, Su Jin Kim, Yu Jeong Seo, Tae Geun Kim, Sung Min Hwang

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The authors report upon a low-resistance Ni/Al Ohmic contact to a nonpolar n -type a -plane GaN with respect to the annealing temperature. The Schottky behavior of the Ni/Al contact changes to a linear Ohmic behavior at a 700 °C annealing, at which the specific contact resistivity of the Ni/Al contact became as low as 5.8× 10-5 whereas that of a typical Ti/Al contact was 1.6× 10-3 π cm2. This improvement is attributed to a lowering of the Schottky barrier height via a Ni-Al interdiffused layer, formed at the interface between the metal and the nonpolar a -plane n -type GaN during the annealing process.

Original languageEnglish
Article number161101
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Apr 18

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology, under Project Nos. KRF-2008-D00074 and 2010-00218 (leading foreign research institute recruitment program). This work was also supported by the IT R&D program of MKE/KEIT (Grant No. 2009-F-022-01).

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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