Temperature-dependent current-voltage characteristics of Al-doped MgxZn1-xO/AlGaN n-p junction diodes

Kuang Po Hsueh, Po Wei Cheng, Wen Yen Lin, Hsien Chin Chiu, Hsiang Chun Wang, Jinn Kong Sheu, Yu Hsiang Yeh

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)


This study investigated the temperature dependence of the current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of Al-doped MgxZn1-xO/p-AlGaN junction diodes. The n-type Al-doped MgxZn1-xO (AMZO) films were deposited on p-AlGaN using a radio-frequency (rf) magnetron sputtering system followed by annealing at 700, 800, and 900°C in a nitrogen ambient for 60 s. The n-AMZO/p-AlGaN diode at a substrate temperature of 25°C showed the lowest leakage current in reverse bias. The n-AMZO/p-AlGaN diode with an AMZO annealed at 900°C demonstrated the lowest reverse leakage current. The temperature sensitivity coefficients of the I-V characterizations were obtained at different substrate temperatures (25, 50, 75 100, and 125°C), providing extracted values of 6.4, 7.6, and 5.6 mV/°C in forward bias and -20, 5.6, and 0.8 mV/°C in reverse bias for the AMZO films annealed at 700, 800, and 900°C, respectively. The n-AMZO/p-AlGaN junction diode fabricated with AMZO annealed at 900°C demonstrated the lowest temperature dependence. In addition, the light emission was derived from the forward-biased junction, and near-ultraviolet light emission was evident at all of the p-n diodes. Based on these findings, the n-AMZO/p-AlGaN diodes are suitable for GaN-based heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs) and near-ultraviolet light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)Q65-Q68
JournalECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Temperature-dependent current-voltage characteristics of Al-doped Mg<sub>x</sub>Zn<sub>1-x</sub>O/AlGaN n-p junction diodes'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this