By using capacitance-voltage and photoluminescence measurements, we have investigated the Schottky barrier height and surface state density of Ni/Au contacts to n-type GaN with, and without, (NH4)2Sx treatment. The Schottky barrier height of 1.099 eV is very close to the Schottky limit of 1.10 eV for Au/Ni/n-type GaN treated with (NH4)2Sx. This result indicates that there is no severe Fermi level pinning induced by surface states. The reduction of the surface state density for the (NH4)2Sx-treated n-type GaN is attributed to the decrease of dangling bonds and occupation of nitrogen-related vacancies due to the formation of Ga-S bonds.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)