Physical and electrical properties of a Si3N4/Si/GaSs metal-insulator-semiconductor structure

Zhi Chen, Dawei Gong

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We simulated capacitance-voltage (C-V) curves of Si3N4/GaAs, Si3N4/Si and also Si3N4/Semi* (virtual semiconductor) metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) capacitors and compared them with experimental C-V curves of a Si3N4/Si/GaAs structure. The experimental C-V curves of the Si3N4/Si/GaAs MIS capacitors are not in agreement with the simulated C-V curves of the Si3N4/GaAs and Si3N4/Si MIS capacitors, but are in agreement with those of the Si3N4/Semi* MIS capacitors, where Semi* is a virtual semiconductor with ni = 7 × 1011 cm-3 or EG = 0.88eV. This indicates that the Si3N4/Si/GaAs structure is somewhat like a narrow band gap material with EG = 0.88eV. The comparison yields strong support for our theoretical energy band of the Si3N4/Si/GaAs MIS structure based on quantum well confinement. A depletion mode MIS field-effect-transistor (MISFET) is successfully fabricated with transconductance of 85 mS/mm, and an inversion mode MISFET is fabricated with transconductance of 0.05 mS/mm. The small transconductance for the inversion mode MISFET is ascribed to strong scattering due to confinement of electrons in the Si quantum well.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4205-4210
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Oct 2001

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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