Electrical characteristics of thermally stable Ru and Ru/Au ohmic contacts to surface-treated p-type GaN

Ja Soon Jang, Dong J. Kim, Seong J. Park, Tae Yeon Seong

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The electrical and thermal properties of Ru and Ru/Au ohmic contacts on two-step-surface-treated p-GaN have been investigated using current-voltage (I-V) measurements and Auger electron spectroscopy. It is shown that annealing at 700 °C for 2 min in a flowing N2 atmosphere improves the I-V characteristics of the contacts. For example, the annealed Ru and Ru/Au schemes produce a specific contact resistance of 3.4 (±0.9)×10-3 and 1.2 (±1.1)×10-3 Ωcm2, respectively. It is also shown that annealing results in a large reduction (by approximately 100 meV) in the Schottky barrier heights of the Ru and Ru/Au contacts, compared to the as-deposited ones. The electrical properties of the two-step-surface-treated Ru/Au contacts are compared with those of the conventionally treated contacts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-98
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Electronic Materials
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Feb 1
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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