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Demonstration of AlN-Based Vertical p-n Diodes with Dopant-free Distributed Polarization Doping
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  • Takeru Kumabe,
  • Akira Yoshikawa,
  • Seiya Kawasaki,
  • Maki Kushimoto,
  • Yoshio Honda,
  • Manabu Arai,
  • Jun Suda,
  • Hiroshi Amano
Takeru Kumabe

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Akira Yoshikawa
Seiya Kawasaki
Maki Kushimoto
Yoshio Honda
Manabu Arai
Jun Suda
Hiroshi Amano


Nearly ideal vertical AlxGa1-xN (\(0.7\ \le x<1.0\)) p-n diodes are fabricated on an AlN substrate. Distributed polarization doping (DPD) was employed for both p-type and n-type layers of the p-n junction, instead of conventional impurity doping, to overcome the major bottleneck of AlN-based material: the control of conductivity. Capacitance-voltage measurements revealed that the net charge concentration agreed well with the DPD charge concentration expected from the device layer structure. The fabricated devices exhibited a low turn-on voltage of 6.5 V, a low differential specific ON-resistance of 3 mΩ cm2, electroluminescence (maximum at 5.1 eV), and an ideality factor of 2 for a wide range of temperatures (room temperature-573 K). Moreover, the breakdown electric field was 7.3 MV cm-1, which was almost twice as high as the reported critical electric field of GaN at the same doping concentration. These results clearly demonstrate the usefulness of DPD in the fabrication of high-performance AlN-based power devices.
16 Feb 2024Submitted to TechRxiv
19 Feb 2024Published in TechRxiv
2024Published in IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices on pages 1-7. 10.1109/TED.2024.3367314