Static and Dynamic Effects of the Incomplete Ionization in Superjunction Devices

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The incomplete ionization of impurity atoms affects the free carrier concentration of several wide bandgap semiconductor materials even at room temperature, thus modifying the electrical properties of power devices. In this paper, the influence of the partial ionization of the dopants on the static and dynamic behavior of wide bandgap semiconductor based SuperJunction devices has been numerically investigated through extensive 2D finite element simulations. Whereas this physical effect has only a minor impact on the static device’ characteristics, if a reverse bias pulse with a rise time comparable or smaller than the ionization time constant is applied to the structure, a “dynamic ionization” phenomenon can take place. The onset of this time dependent ionization is the cause of charge unbalance effects in the device structure, due to temporal dependence of the activated number of dopants. Electro-thermal simulations, which have been carried out for a 4H-SiC SuperJunction diode, show a non-uniform temperature distribution during the transients which leads, in turn, to the self-heating of the device. Through an accurate redesign of the cross-sectional view of the device, the drawbacks of the incomplete ionization have been mitigated and the device’ performance enhanced.

Incomplete ionization, modeling, power devices, silicon carbide (SiC), superjunction (SJ), technology computer-aided design (TCAD)
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IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices
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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
EPSRC (1678915)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/M506485/1)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/L007010/1)
EP/M506485/1 Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council