Enhancement-mode GaAs metal-oxide-semiconductor high-electron-mobility transistors with atomic layer deposited Al2O3 as gate dielectric
Date of this VersionNovember 2007
APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS 91, 212101 2007
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Enhancement-mode GaAs metal-oxide-semiconductor high-electron-mobility transistors (MOS-HEMTs) with ex situ atomic-layer-deposited Al2O3 as gate dielectrics are studied. Maximum drain currents of 211 and 263 mA/mm are obtained for 1 mu m gate-length Al2O3 MOS-HEMTs with 3 and 6 nm thick gate oxide, respectively. C-V characteristic shows negligible hysteresis and frequency dispersion. The gate leakage current density of the MOS-HEMTs is 3-5 orders of magnitude lower than the conventional HEMTs under similar bias conditions. The drain current on-off ratio of MOS-HEMTs is similar to 3x10(3) with a subthreshold swing of 90 mV/decade. A maximum cutoff frequency (f(T)) of 27.3 GHz and maximum oscillation frequency (f(max)) of 39.9 GHz and an effective channel mobility of 4250 cm(2)/V s are measured for the 1 mu m gate-length Al2O3 MOS-HEMT with 6 nm gate oxide. Hooge's constant measured by low frequency noise spectral density characterization is 3.7x10(-5) for the same device.