Effect of introducing gettering sites and subsequent Au diffusion on the thermal conductivity and the free carrier concentration in n-type 4H-SiC


We report on the application of introducing gettering sites by helium implantation prior to an annealing and subsequent gold diffusion as an approach to control the thermal conductivity and the charge carrier concentration in n-type 4H-SiC. Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy showed high diffusion of gold impurities to the introduced gettering sites which implied a success in introducing gettering sites. Data obtained from the measurements of the specific heat, thermal diffusivity, and room temperature density were used to deduce the thermal conductivity of the samples investigated. The thermal conductivity modeling showed that introducing gettering sites can increase the thermal conductivity in n-type 4H-SiC due to the reduction of phonon-impurity scattering. Raman measurements showed the presence of the desired defects introduted by ion implantation at 20 degrees C. The analysis of the Fourier transform infrared reflectivity showed that the gettering sites can act as majority carrier traps and reduce the recombination process. (c) 2008 American Institute of Physics.



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Kazan, M; Ottaviani, L; Moussaed, E; Nader, R; Masri, P


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