PCOR-SIMSSM Analysis of GaAs pHEMT and GaN HEMT

pcor-sims hemt2Demand for compound semiconductors (especially III-V materials) has rapidly grown in recent years due to needs for faster transistors with more power, as well as the increased use of lasers in optical networking and sensors. These epitaxially grown materials are almost always complex in layer structure, with varying alloy composition and thin dopant layers. For device performance quality checks, it is essential to have low detection limits for impurities, correct dopant distribution determination and highly accurate concentration calibration. Dopant layer thickness, especially across varying matrix composition, is often also measured by SIMS. However, these needs are challenged by “matrix effects” in these complex multi-layered structures. Therefore, a SIMS method which minimizes these artifacts is important for obtaining reliable results throughout the structure of interest. PCOR-SIMSSM is a point-by-point data correction algorithm, which uses the alloy composition at a given data point for proper calibration of SIMS intensities. This minimizes matrix effects therefore, layer thicknesses and elemental concentrations, most importantly across graded compositions, are determined with much less scope for error.

pcor-sims hemtCurrent pHEMT and HEMT devices have dopants and layers which are <10nm thick. Therefore, depth resolution of SIMS profiles have to be sufficient to detect small variations in these layers. With the use of low primary ion beam energy, layers as thin as 1nm can be successfully analyzed to study small changes in growth conditions.

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About the Presenter:

Temel BuyuklimanliTemel Büyüklimanli, Ph.D., Scientific Fellow & Vice President
Temel Büyüklimanli joined EAG Laboratories in 1994 as a SIMS analyst, after being a Research Scientist in the Materials Characterization Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University, where he participated in glass surfaces studies. He has authored several journal articles and has given many lectures on surface characterization of ceramic and semiconductor materials to a wide range of industrial groups. He has worked with other SIMS scientists to develop new analytical techniques to address emerging semiconductor technology needs. Most significant has been the PCOR-SIMS protocols for accurate dopant/impurity, alloy composition and layer definition characterization of multi-component thin film materials, especially compound semiconductors.

In this webinar we will demonstrate how we turn problems into solutions by presenting:

  • Principles of PCOR-SIMSSM
  • Routine SIMS analyses of pHEMT and HEMT for impurities
  • Application of PCOR-SIMSSM to characterize 1-20 nm layers
  • Data artifacts caused by defects