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Anomalous current transport in Au/low-doped n-GaAs Schottky barrier diodes at low temperatures

Hardikar, S and Hudait, MK and Modak, P and Krupanidhi, SB and Padha, N (1999) Anomalous current transport in Au/low-doped n-GaAs Schottky barrier diodes at low temperatures. In: Applied Physics A: Materials Science & Processing, 68 (1). pp. 49-55.


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The current-voltage characteristics of Au/low-doped n-GaAs Schottky diodes were determined at various temperatures in the range of 77-300 K, The estimated zero-bias barrier height and the ideality factor assuming thermionic emission (TE) show a temperature dependence of these parameters. While the ideality factor was found to show the $T_o$ effect, the zero-bias barrier height was found to exhibit two different trends in the temperature ranges of 77-160 K and 160-300 K, The variation in the Bat-band barrier height with temperature was found to be - (4.7 +/- 0.2) $210^4$ $eVK^1$, approximately equal to that of the energy band gap, The value of the Richardson constant, A**, was found to be $0.27 A cm^-^2 K^-^2$ after considering the temperature dependence of the barrier height. The estimated value of this constant suggested the possibility of an interfacial oxide between the metal and the semiconductor. Investigations suggested the possibility of a thermionic field- emission-dominated current transport with a higher characteristic energy than that predicted by the theory, The observed variation in the zero-bias barrier height and the ideality factor could be explained in terms of barrier height inhomogenities in the Schottky diode.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to Springer Verlag.
Keywords: PACS:72.10.-d;73.30.+y;73.40.GK
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Materials Research Centre
Depositing User: Hemanta Kumar Biswal
Date Deposited: 20 May 2005
Last Modified: 06 May 2011 06:37
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/2914

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