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Master of Science


Department of Engineering Physics

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Stephen R. McHale, PhD.


The Schottky barrier height (SBH) was measured on GaN based diodes with three different dopant types; Gd, Er and Yb. Two methods were used to determine the SBH. The first method was the Juergen Werner method to evaluate the I-V characteristics. The calculated SBH of the diodes using this method was 1.41 ± 0.20eV, 1.71 ± 0.25eV and 1.75 ± 0.28eV for the Gd-, Er- and Yb-doped diodes respectively. It was observed that using an ad-hoc effective Richardson constant value of 0.006Axcm-2xK-2 to calculate the SBH rendered results that were in no greater than 2% disagreement (neglecting error) with photoemission spectroscopy measurements performed on the same GaN thin films by a another researcher a year prior. The second method of measuring the SBH was the temperature dependent I-V-T measurements using the modified Norde function. The calculated SBH of the diodes were universally lower than the results of the Juergen Werner method. The SBH was 1.19 ± 0.12eV, 1.39 ± 0.16eV and 1.43± 0.12eV for the Gd-, Er- and Yb-doped diodes respectively. Additionally, the Norde method provided direct calculation of the effective Richardson constants, which were 0.011 ± 0.001Axcm-2xK-2, 0.036 ± 0.003Axcm-2xK-2 and 0.021 ± 0.02Axcm-2xK-2 for the Gd-, Er- and Yb-doped diodes respectively. Both measurements in this study are in agreement with the earlier photoemission spectroscopy measurements with regard to the proportional differences among the different dopant types.

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