To obtain a guideline for improving the device performance of GaN-based Metal-Insulator-Semiconductor (MIS) heterostructure field-effect transistors (HFETs), both HFET and MIS HFETs were fabricated and compared, whose gate capacitances are designed to be equal. With an increased insulator thickness and decreased AlGaN thickness, a high transconductance was successfully obtained that was equivalent to that of HFET, in addition to the reduced gate leakage current in MIS HFETs. Moreover, Al2O3-based MIS HFETs were revealed to exhibit superior DC characteristics over Si3N4 MIS HFETs. Since deposition of insulators changes the electrical properties of heterostructures, considering the insulator/AlGaN structures as the total barrier layers is effective and indispensable in designing the MIS AlGaN/GaN HFETs. On the basis of the device design, MIS HFETs can be fabricated that exhibit superior device characteristics over those in conventional HFETs.
|Journal||Physica Status Solidi (C) Current Topics in Solid State Physics|
|Issue number||SUPPL. 2|
|Publication status||Published - 2009 Jul|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Condensed Matter Physics