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New Silicon Carbide Schottky-gate Bipolar

Mode Field Effect Transistor (SiC SBMFET)

without PN Junction
M. Jagadesh Kumar, Senior Member, IEEE, and Harsh Bahl

Abstract-- The Bipolar Mode Field Effect Transistors Metal Gate

(BMFETs) using P+ gates on N-type Silicon substrate are the Source Metal Gate
most commonly used power devices for high-current medium-
power switching applications and as optically controlled switches
11,21. These are dual gate devices with deep P+ gate junctions,
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which require large thermal cycles for diffusion. In this paper,
we propose a novel Schottky-gate BMFET (SBMFET) using P-
Hiafmium d (31 gm)>l
type 4H Silicon-Carbide 13,41, a wide bandgap material, in which ((D ..=3 .9V)
the PN junction gates are replaced by the Schottky gates. We W (Channel length)
have studied the characteristics of this device using two-
dimensional numerical simulation 1[1. Our results demonstrate P - Drift region
for the first time that the P-SiC Schottky-gate BMFET has very
low ON voltage drop, good output characteristics, a reasonable P+ Substrate
current gain and a blocking voltage greater than 1000 V.

Index Terms- Schottky contact, Bipolar, Silicon Carbide, Drain

Field effect transistor, Simulation.
Fig. 1. Schematic corss-section of P-SiC SBMFET with Schottky gates.
TH E BMFET operates in bipolar mode when the gate PN
Junction is forward biased with respect to the source. This For an N-SiC SBMFET, the gate metal should have its
results in a significant minority carrier injection by the gate work function ((Dm) such that when the gate is forward biased,
into the drift region. The hole-electron plasma in the drift the valence band electrons from N-SiC are injected into the
region leads to a substantial conductivity modulation resulting metal which is equivalent to the metal injecting holes into the
in a negligible saturation voltage and, hence, a small ON N-SiC drift region. Unless the forward biased Schottky gate
resistance. This is the main attraction of a BMFET. However, injects holes into the N-drift region, a plasma cannot be
such deep diffusions required for the gate cannot be done on a formed in the drift region. However, our study shows that a
SiC wafer since most dopants in SiC have negligible diffusion gate Schottky contact that can inject holes could not be
coefficients. Therefore, a SiC BMFET can be formed only if established with the available metals. Even the use of a metal
the PN junction gates are replaced by a Schottky gate. For a P- with the highest work function (Selenium with (Dm=5.9 V) for
type drift region, the Schottky gate has to inject electrons into the gate Schottky contact results in a resistive behavior in the
the drift region to form the electron-hole plasma. On the other output characteristics of the N-SiC SBMFET as shown in
hand, for an N-type drift region, the Schottky gate has to inject Fig.2 and therefore our study points to the fact that a Scohttky
holes into the drift region and is difficult with the available gate BMFET cannot be realized in N-type SiC.
metals that are commonly used in microelectronics. Therefore,
we demonstrate for the first time that while an N-SiC
SBMFET cannot be realized, a P-SiC SBMFET (Fig. 1) However, in the case of P-SiC SBMFET (Fig. 1), the
without the gate PN junction is feasible. SiC power devices Schottky gate injects electrons into the P-drift region when
have proved to be very useful in advanced and high forward biased. To maintain charge neutrality, the hole
temperature military and nuclear applications. concentration also matches with the electron concentration
forming a plasma region. When the negative drain voltage is
increased, the electrons will be pushed towards the source
region as shown in Fig. 3 creating a depletion region near the
The authors are with Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian drain. This causes the electric field near the drain region to be
Institute of Technology, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110 016, India (e-mail:
mamidala 0ieee.org (M.J. Kumar)). larger than in the conductivity modulated drift region as
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Drain-to-Source Voltage (V)

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Drain-to-Source Voltage (V) Fig. 4. Output characteristics of P-SiC SBMFET for different gate currents.

Fig. 2. Output characteristics ofN-SiC SBMFET using Selenium ((Fm=5.9 V)

as gate metal.
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Epilayer Thickness (urn)
5 10 15 20 25 30
Distance from Source to Drain (pim) Fig. 5. Current gain versus (a) drain current and (b) epilayer thickness of P-
Fig. 3. (a): Injected electron profile and (b) Electric field profile in the
channel for different drain voltages. The current gain variation with drain current for the P-SiC
SBMFET is shown in Fig. 5(a). The gain variation with
shown in Fig. 3(b). Both these results confirm the phenomena epilayer thickness is shown in Fig. 5(b). It is clearly seen that
of conductivity modulation due to plasma formation in the P- the P-SiC SBMFET has a reasonable current gain. Most
SiC drift region. Although SiC is a wide bandgap material reported BMFETs on silicon have a similar range of current
(3.9 eV), this plasma formation and its modulation by the gain.
drain voltage are responsible for the extremely good output
characteristics with low ON voltage drop as shown in Fig. 4 The blocking voltage variation with epilayer thickness is
for different gate currents. shown in Fig. 6. In order to obtain the correct blocking
voltage, the Schottky gate is reverse biased at +10 V to ensure
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-( -2000
0 M. Jagadesh Kumar (SM'1999) was born in
Mamidala, Nalgonda District, Andhra Pradesh,
India. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in
-1000l electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of
20 30 40 50 Technology, Madras, India. From 1991 to 1994, he
Epilayer Thickness (gim) performed post-doctoral research in modeling and
processing of high-speed bipolar transistors with the
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Fig. 6. Blocking voltage variation of P-SiC SBMFET versus epilayer University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada. While with the University of
thickness. Waterloo, he also did research on amorphous silicon TFTs. From July 1994 to
December 1995, he was initially with the Department of Electronics and
Electrical Communication Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology,
that the drift region between the gates is completely pinched Kharagpur, India, and then joined the Department of Electrical Engineering,
off and the device is in OFF state. As can be seen in Fig. 6, the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India, where he became an Associate
P-SiC SBMFET has a very high blocking voltage (1200 V at a Professor in July 1997 and a Full Professor in January 2005. His research
epilayer thickness of 20 ptm) and the blocking voltage interests are in Silicon Nanoelectronics, VLSI device modeling and
simulation, integrated-circuit technology, and power semiconductor devices.
increases with epilayer drift region thickness. He has published extensively in the above areas with more than 110
publications in refereed journals and conferences. His teaching has often been
IV. CONCLUSION rated as outstanding by the Faculty Appraisal Committee, IIT Delhi.
SiC is the most promising material for power devices Dr. Kumar is a Fellow of Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication
because its dielectric breakdown field is six times greater than Engineers (IETE), India and a Senior Member of IEEE. He is on the editorial
that of silicon, it can be used at high temperatures, it has a board of Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and also on the
Editorial Board of IETE Journal of Research as a subject area Honorary
high thermal conductivity, and it can be manufactured using Editor for Electronic Devices and Components. He has reviewed extensively
the same process technology that is used for silicon. Our for different journals including IEEE Trans. on Electron Devices, IEEE
simulation study using MEDICI shows that N-SiC SBMFET Trans. on Device and Materials Reliability and IEEE Electron Device Letters.
He was Chairman, Fellowship Committee, The Sixteenth International
is not a feasible device due to the fact that the Schottky metal Conference on VLSI Design, January 4-8, 2003, New Delhi, India. He was
gate cannot inject holes into the drift region which is essential Chairman of the Technical Committee for High Frequency Devices,
for the plasma formation and hence the conductivity International Workshop on the Physics of Semiconductor Devices, December
modulation of the drift region. We have, however, 13-17, 2005, New Delhi, India.
demonstrated for the first time that a P-SiC Schottky gate
BMFET (SBMFET) can be easily realized if a gate metal with
appropriate work function is chosen. Our study demonstrates
that although SiC is a wide bandgap material, the P-SiC
SBMFET exhibits very low ON voltage drop, good output
characteristics, a reasonable current gain and a high blocking
voltage. This device is expected to result in significant Harsh Bahl was born in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh,
India. He received his BE degree in Electronics from
improvements in a variety of switching applications. Since Shivaji University, Kohlapur, India in 1990. He has
the proposed device is devoid of any PN junctions, the thermal been working as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer
budget required for the fabrication of the proposed device will with the Indian Air Force since then. He received his
MBA degree in Operations Management from Indira
be less resulting in lower fabrication costs. Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India in
2001. He is also an Associate member of the Institute of Electronics and
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