Characteristics of MBE-Grown GaN detectors on double buffer layers under high-power ultraviolet optical irradiation

H. F. Lui, Wai Keung Fong, C. Surya

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In this paper, we present experimental investigations on the radiation hardness of GaN-based Schottky diode photodetectors. High-power ultraviolet (UV) radiation obtained from a Xenon lamp is used as the light source for the optical-stressing experiment. Two types of devices are being investigated. One has a double-buffer-layer structure that consists of a conventional high-temperature AlN buffer layer and an intermediate temperature buffer layer (type I), and the control device was fabricated with only a conventional AlN buffer layer (type II). Detailed current-voltage, capacitance-voltage, flicker noise, and responsivity measurements performed on the detectors show that the degradations of the devices arose from the defects present at the Schottky junctions due to the exposure of the devices to the high-power UV radiation. Both types of devices exhibit degradation in their optoelectronic properties. However, type-I devices, in general, exhibit gradual and slow degradation, whereas type-II devices exhibit catastrophic breakdowns in the device characteristics. Our experimental data indicate significant improvement in the radiation hardness for type-I devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)671-676
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Electron Devices
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Device degradation
  • GaN
  • Low-frequency noise
  • Molecular beam epitaxy
  • Radiation hardness
  • Ultraviolet photo-detectors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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