Radio-Frequency (RF) losses on High-Resistivity Silicon (HRS) substrates were studied for several different surface passivation layers comprising thin-films of SiC, SiN and SiO2 In many combinations, losses from conductive surface channels were reduced and increasing the number of interfaces between thin-films was found to be beneficial. In some cases the surface losses were completely eliminated. For example, with plasma-enhanced chemical-vapor deposition (PECVD) α-SiC layers up to a few tens of nm thick and exposed to nitridation or SiN growth at 850°C to form a SiC:N interface layer, values for the total losses of 1.6 dB/cm were achieved. Analysis of these layers was performed by using temperature dependent measurements of the RF losses on Coplanar Waveguides (CPWs), the capacitance-voltage characteristics and the sheet resistance along the Si surface. The overall results can be explained by assuming that the thin-films are so defected that they allow vertical current paths to highly-resistive interface layers where both fixed and mobile charge can be stored.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2017 IEEE Bipolar/BiCMOS Circuits and Technology Meeting, BCTM 2017
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-6383-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-5090-6382-6
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event2017 IEEE Bipolar/BiCMOS Circuits and Technology Meeting, BCTM 2017 - Miami, FL, United States
Duration: 19 Oct 201721 Oct 2017


Conference2017 IEEE Bipolar/BiCMOS Circuits and Technology Meeting, BCTM 2017
CountryUnited States
CityMiami, FL

    Research areas

  • Capacitance-voltage measurements, High-resistivity silicon, Interface, Nitidation, RF losses, Sheet resistance, SiC, SiN, Temperature dependence, Thin-film

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