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Single thermal scan digital system for deep level transient spectroscopy

Sreeshma, D and Koteswara Rao, KSR (2023) Single thermal scan digital system for deep level transient spectroscopy. In: Review of Scientific Instruments, 94 (6).

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We have developed a micro-controller based Deep Level Transient Spectroscopy (DLTS) system to identify the deep-level defects in semiconductors. It consists of Arduino-Due, a capacitance meter, and interface circuits. In addition, we have also developed the algorithms needed for the entire signal processing. It is not limited to Arduino-Due but can be implemented using other micro-controllers also. We have used Arduino-Due to generate the filling pulse and monitor the capacitance, temperature, data acquisition, timing control, and signal processing. The sequence of generating the filling pulse, reading the data, and signal processing is controlled digitally rather than by analog sampling circuits and timers. The minimum pulse width generated using Arduino-Due is 50 ns; the pulse width generation depends on various hardware and software parameters and their integration. The resolution in reading the data is 0.8 mV/unit. The time delays in reading the data are appropriately taken care of in the system. The whole experiment can be completed in a single temperature cycle within 2-3 h. The system is simple, inexpensive, in an easy-to-use platform, and less time-consuming; minimizes possible errors; and improves accuracy. The measurements using the "micro-controller based DLTS system"are verified by fabricating (Au) gold-doped silicon (Si) p-n junction samples (Au is a well-understood defect in Si). Using the Arduino-Due based DLTS system, we calculated the energy, the capture cross section, and the concentration of trap levels. The results are in good agreement with the literature, indicating the versatility of the system.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Review of Scientific Instruments
Publisher: American Institute of Physics Inc.
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to the Author.
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2023 10:53
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2023 10:53
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/82519

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