Threshold-voltage bias-instability in SiC MOSFETs: effects of stress temperature and level on oxide charge buildup and recovery

Amartya K. Ghosh, Jifa Hao, Michael Cook, Samia A. Suliman, Xinyu Wang, Osama O. Awadelkarim

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Abstract

In this study we performed slow and fast bias temperature instability (BTI) measurements on n-channel silicon carbide (SiC) metal-oxide-SiC field effect transistors. Threshold voltage (V th) shifts as well as recovery observed during and after stress applied at different temperatures and stress levels were used to understand the dynamics of charge trapping/capture and detrapping/emission at gate oxide defects. It is deduced from the results that no new defects are created by the stress at the levels used in this study and V th shifts are due to the injected electron capture and trapping at existing oxide border traps. Positive gate-voltage BTI induced V th shift is observed to follow a power law on stress time with an exponent, n, dependent on stress temperature and level, such that 0.03 ⩽ n ⩽ 0.09. Electron emission and/or defect interactions are found to proceed with a low activation energy of the order of 0.01 eV and are suggested to be responsible for oxide charge reduction and, consequently, V th recovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number075015
JournalSemiconductor Science and Technology
Volume37
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry

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