High current density, low contact resistance wide bandgap contacts

Patent Number: 10,505,031
Issued: 12/10/2019
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Abstract: A high current density, low contact resistance contact for wide bandgap (WBG) or ultra-wide bandgap materials (UWBG) is disclosed. The contact is lithographically formed so that a total perimeter length of the contact structure is at least twice the length of the side of a contact pad closest to the gate in a high electron mobility transistor (HEMT). The contact structure may take the form of a plurality of columns having various cross-sectional shapes, or may take the form of a convoluted geometrical shape, such as a comb-like, serpentine, or spiral shape. The depth of the contact structure permits direct contact with the two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) in the HEMT by the perimeter of the contact structure. The contact structure is formed of at least one metal layer, at least one doped material regrown layer, or at least one implanted region. The contact structure may be applied to other WBG and UWBG devices.
Filed: 10/30/2018
Application Number: 16/175,085
Government Interests: STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-NA0003525 awarded by the United States Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration. The Government has certain rights in the invention.