Significant contribution from impurity-band transport to the room temperature conductivity of silicon-doped AlGaN

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dc.contributor.author Pampili, Pietro
dc.contributor.author Dinh, Duc V.
dc.contributor.author Zubialevich, Vitaly Z.
dc.contributor.author Parbrook, Peter J.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-20T16:16:30Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-20T16:16:30Z
dc.date.issued 2018-01-24
dc.identifier.citation Pampili, P., Dinh, D. V., Zubialevich, V. Z. and Parbrook, P. J. (2018) 'Significant contribution from impurity-band transport to the room temperature conductivity of silicon-doped AlGaN', Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 51(6), 06LT01 (6 pp). doi: 10.1088/1361-6463/aaa692 en
dc.identifier.volume 51 en
dc.identifier.issued 6 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 6 en
dc.identifier.issn 0022-3727
dc.identifier.issn 1361-6463
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/9678
dc.identifier.doi 10.1088/1361-6463/aaa692 en
dc.description.abstract Silicon-doped n-type (0 0 0 1) AlGaN materials with 60% and 85% AlN content were studied close to the doping condition that gives the lowest resistivity (Si/III ratios in the ranges 2.8–34  ×  10−5 and 1.3–6.6  ×  10−5, respectively). Temperature-dependent conductivity and Hall-effect measurements showed that, apart from the diffusion-like transport in the conduction band, a significant amount of the conductivity was due to phonon-assisted hopping among localized states in the impurity band, which became almost completely degenerate in the most doped sample of the Al0.6Ga0.4N series. In the doping range explored, impurity-band transport was not only dominant at low temperature, but also significant at room-temperature, with contributions to the total conductivity up to 46% for the most conductive sample. We show that, as a consequence of this fact, the measurements of Hall carrier concentration and Hall mobility using the usual single-channel approach are not reliable, even at high temperatures. We propose a simple method to separate the contributions of the two channels. Our model, although only approximate, can be used to gain insight into the doping mechanism: particularly it shows that the room-temperature free-electron concentration in the conduction band of the Al0.6Ga0.4N material reaches its maximum at about 1.6  ×  1018 cm−3, well below the value that would have been obtained with the standard single-channel analysis of the data. This maximum is already achieved at dopant concentrations lower than the one that gives the best conductivity. However, further increase of the doping levels are required to enhance the impurity-band channel, with concentrations of the carriers participating in this type of transport that increase from 2.1  ×  1018 cm−3 up to 4.3  ×  1018 cm−3. For the Al0.85Ga0.15N, even though it was not possible to estimate the actual carrier concentrations, our measurements suggest that a significant impurity-band channel is present also in this material. en
dc.description.sponsorship Irish Higher Education Authority (Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions Cycles 4 and 5 via the INSPIRE and TYFFANI projects); European Space Agency (ESA through the project ‘Fibre-Coupled Deep UV LEDs for Charge Control of Proof Masses’ (contract 4000104929/11/NL/CBi)); en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher IOP Publishing en
dc.relation.uri https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1361-6463/aaa692
dc.rights © 2018 IOP Publishing Ltd. This is an author-created, un-copyedited version of an article accepted for publication in Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics. The publisher is not responsible for any errors or omissions in this version of the manuscript or any version derived from it. The Version of Record is available online at https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6463/aaa692. As the Version of Record of this article has been published on a subscription basis, this Accepted Manuscript is available for reuse under a CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 licence after a 12 month embargo period. en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licences/by-nc-nd/3.0 en
dc.subject III-nitride materials en
dc.subject AlGaN en
dc.subject Doping en
dc.subject Hopping conduction en
dc.subject Impurity band en
dc.title Significant contribution from impurity-band transport to the room temperature conductivity of silicon-doped AlGaN en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Pietro Pampili, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: pietro.pampili@tyndall.ie en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.date.updated 2020-02-20T16:05:35Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.internal.rssid 503381072
dc.contributor.funder Higher Education Authority en
dc.contributor.funder Science Foundation Ireland en
dc.contributor.funder European Space Agency en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics en
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress p.parbrook@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress pietro.pampili@tyndall.ie en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress vitaly.zubialevich@tyndall.ie en
dc.identifier.articleid 06LT01 en
dc.relation.project info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/SFI/SFI Principal Investigator Programme (PI)/10/IN.1/I2993/IE/Advanced Ultraviolet Emitters from InAlN Based Alloy Structures/ en
dc.relation.project info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/SFI/SFI Stokes Professorship & Lectureship Programme/07/EN/E001A/IE/Peter Parbrook/ en


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© 2018 IOP Publishing Ltd. This is an author-created, un-copyedited version of an article accepted for publication in Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics. The publisher is not responsible for any errors or omissions in this version of the manuscript or any version derived from it. The Version of Record is available online at https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6463/aaa692. As the Version of Record of this article has been published on a subscription basis, this Accepted Manuscript is available for reuse under a CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 licence after a 12 month embargo period. Except where otherwise noted, this item's license is described as © 2018 IOP Publishing Ltd. This is an author-created, un-copyedited version of an article accepted for publication in Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics. The publisher is not responsible for any errors or omissions in this version of the manuscript or any version derived from it. The Version of Record is available online at https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6463/aaa692. As the Version of Record of this article has been published on a subscription basis, this Accepted Manuscript is available for reuse under a CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 licence after a 12 month embargo period.
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