Correlation between leakage current density and threading dislocation density in SiGe p-i-n diodes grown on relaxed graded buffer layers

Giovane, Laura M.; Luan, Hsin-Chiao; Agarwal, Anuradha M.; Kimerling, Lionel C.
January 2001
Applied Physics Letters;1/22/2001, Vol. 78 Issue 4, p541
Academic Journal
A correlation between bulk leakage current density and threading dislocation density in silicon-germanium mesa-isolated diodes fabricated on relaxed graded buffer layers is presented. Si[sub 0.75]Ge[sub 0.25] p-i-n diodes were grown on SiGe graded buffers with different grading rates. Graded buffers with different grading rates yielded "virtual substrates" with varying densities of threading dislocations. Bulk leakage current densities were differentiated from surface leakage currents by using p-i-n diodes with different areas. We demonstrate that the increase in bulk leakage current density in SiGe p-i-n diodes can be modeled by generation processes assisted by deep levels related to threading dislocations.


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