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In this work, the transport properties of metal/3C-SiC interfaces were monitored employing a nanoscale characterization approach in combination with conventional electrical measurements. In particular, using conductive atomic force microscopy allowed demonstrating that the stacking fault is the most pervasive, electrically active extended defect at 3C-SiC(111) surfaces, and it can be electrically passivated by an ultraviolet irradiation treatment. For the Au/3C-SiC Schottky interface, a contact area dependence of the Schottky barrier height (ΦB) was found even after this passivation, indicating that there are still some electrically active defects at the interface. Improved electrical properties were observed in the case of the Pt/3C-SiC system. In this case, annealing at 500°C resulted in a reduction of the leakage current and an increase of the Schottky barrier height (from 0.77 to 1.12 eV). A structural analysis of …
Springer New York
Publication date: 
1 Dec 2011

Jens Eriksson, Fabrizio Roccaforte, Sergey Reshanov, Stefano Leone, Filippo Giannazzo, Raffaella LoNigro, Patrick Fiorenza, Vito Raineri

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Volume: 6 Issue: 1 Pages: 120
Nanoscale research letters