Wide Bandgap Based Devices: Design, Fabrication and Applications, 4th Edition

A special issue of Micromachines (ISSN 2072-666X). This special issue belongs to the section "D1: Semiconductor Devices".

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Prof. Dr. Ling Li
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Department of Microelectronics, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
Interests: wide bandgap semiconductor materials and nanoelectronics

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Dear Colleagues,

Wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductor materials have become a key driver in the development of electronic devices, driving innovation in multiple areas. The WBG semiconductor materials mainly include SiC, GaN, AlN, AlGaN, BN and Ga2O3. Among them, SiC and GaN perform well in power electronics, their high electron mobility and electron saturation drift speed making them ideal for power-switching devices with high energy efficiency and high-power density. At the same time, GaN and indium InGaN and other wide-bandgap semiconductors have also changed traditional lighting technology. For example, GaN LEDs have high light efficiency, long life and high color temperature characteristics. By carefully designing the band of the semiconductor structure, it is possible to control the color of the light emitted for high-efficiency lighting systems and display devices. Current research into AlN, especially AlGaN, is focused on improving growth techniques to obtain higher-quality films, as well as on optimizing device structures for high-frequency power-switching devices, such as high-voltage converters, motor control, power inverters and so on. These devices have higher efficiency and lower switching losses, which help to improve energy conversion efficiency and reduce power loss.

BN, a WBG semiconductor material, has extremely high thermal conductivity and can be used for heat dissipation in high-power systems to improve performance and reliability. Additionally, BN is interested in ultraviolet (UV) and deep-ultraviolet (DUV) LEDs, while Ga2O3 is also useful in photodetectors and laser diodes (LDs). BN is represented in various forms, such as nanosheets, nanotubes, nanoribbons and twins, making it promising for the new generation of devices. In summary, the current wide-bandgap semiconductors are based on basic material research, application property research, architecture technology and device architecture design. This Special Issue will focus on the following topics:

  1. Boron nitride polymorphic (thin films, tubes and bands) growth for electronic devices;
  2. Mid-infrared optical devices based on WBG;
  3. Ga2O3 thin films for photodetectors and LD;
  4. Exploration of group III-V semiconductors in quantum information, high-energy physics experiments, satellite communications and medical devices;
  5. Characteristics and application exploration of multi-form and multi-dimensional wide-bandgap semiconductors.

Prof. Dr. Ling Li
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • wide-bandgap (WBG) devices
  • deep UV devices
  • mid-infrared devices
  • power devices
  • optoelectronics
  • GaN
  • Ga2O3
  • AlN
  • SiC
  • BN

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A Novel SiC Trench MOSFET with Self-Aligned N-Type Ion Implantation Technique
Micromachines 2023, 14(12), 2212; https://doi.org/10.3390/mi14122212 - 07 Dec 2023
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We propose a novel silicon carbide (SiC) self-aligned N-type ion implanted trench MOSFET (NITMOS) device. The maximum electric field in the gate oxide could be effectively reduced to below 3 MV/cm with the introduction of the P-epi layer below the trench. The P-epi [...] Read more.
We propose a novel silicon carbide (SiC) self-aligned N-type ion implanted trench MOSFET (NITMOS) device. The maximum electric field in the gate oxide could be effectively reduced to below 3 MV/cm with the introduction of the P-epi layer below the trench. The P-epi layer is partially counter-doped by a self-aligned N-type ion implantation process, resulting in a relatively low specific on-resistance (Ron,sp). The lateral spacing between the trench sidewall and N-implanted region (Wsp) plays a crucial role in determining the performance of the SiC NITMOS device, which is comprehensively studied through the numerical simulation. With the Wsp increasing, the SiC NITMOS device demonstrates a better short-circuit capability owing to the reduced saturation current. The gate-to-drain capacitance (Cgd) and gate-to-drain charge (Qgd) are also investigated. It is observed that both Cgd and Qgd decrease as the Wsp increases, owing to the enhanced screen effect. Compared to the SiC double-trench MOSFET device, the optimal SiC NITMOS device exhibits a 79% reduction in Cgd, a 38% decrease in Qgd, and a 41% reduction in Qgd × Ron,sp. A higher switching speed and a lower switching loss can be achieved using the proposed structure. Full article
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Design of Trench MIS Field Plate Structure for Edge Termination of GaN Vertical PN Diode
Micromachines 2023, 14(11), 2005; https://doi.org/10.3390/mi14112005 - 28 Oct 2023
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In this study, we developed an analytic model to design a trench metal–insulator–semiconductor (MIS) field plate (FP) structure for the edge termination of a vertical GaN PN diode. The key parameters considered in the trench MIS FP structure include trench depth, MIS dielectric [...] Read more.
In this study, we developed an analytic model to design a trench metal–insulator–semiconductor (MIS) field plate (FP) structure for the edge termination of a vertical GaN PN diode. The key parameters considered in the trench MIS FP structure include trench depth, MIS dielectric material and thickness, and interface charge density of MIS. The boundary conditions are defined based on the maximum allowed electric field strengths at the dielectric and semiconductor regions. The developed model was validated using TCAD simulations. As an example, a 1 kV GaN vertical PN diode was designed using the optimized FP structure, which exhibited the same breakdown voltage characteristics as an ideal one-dimensional PN diode structure without edge effects. This proposed simple analytic model offers a design guideline for the trench MIS FP for the edge termination of vertical PN diodes, enabling efficient design without the need for extensive TCAD simulations, thus saving significant time and effort. Full article
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