Defect states determining dynamic trapping-detrapping in β-Ga2O3 field-effect transistors

Alexander Y. Polyakov, Nikolai B. Smirnov, Ivan V. Shchemerov, Sergey V. Chernykh, Sooyeoun Oh, Stephen J. Pearton, Fan Ren, Anastasia Kochkova, Jihyun Kim

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β-Ga2O3 is an intriguing material as a channel layer for the next generation high power transistors. To assess the device level effects of the traps in β-Ga2O3, the dynamic dispersion characteristics of a back-gated nanobelt β-Ga2O3 field-effect transistor prepared by mechanical exfoliation from a bulk β-Ga2O3 single crystal was investigated by the dependence of threshold voltage hysteresis on transistor transfer characteristics on the gate voltage ramp, pulsed current-voltage characteristics, and current deep level transient spectroscopy measurements. Current lag in the off-state was related to the presence of electron traps at Ec-0.75 eV, which are also present in bulk crystals and ascribed to Fe impurities or native defects. In the on-state, drain current lag was caused by surface traps with levels at Ec-(0.95–1.1) eV. Optimized passivation layers for β-Ga2O3 are required to prevent the current collapse because the device performances are affected by the environmental molecules adsorbed on the surface. Our work can pave a way to mitigating the defect-related current collapse in β-Ga2O3 electronic devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)Q3013-Q3018
JournalECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


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