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Thermal boundary resistance between GaN and substrate in AlGaN/GaN electronic devices

Sarua, Andrei, Ji, Hangfeng, Hilton, K. P., Wallis, David, Uren, Michael J., Martin, T and Kuball, Martin 2007. Thermal boundary resistance between GaN and substrate in AlGaN/GaN electronic devices. IEEE Transactions of Electron Devices 54 (12) , pp. 3152-3158. 10.1109/TED.2007.908874

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Abstract

The influence of a thermal boundary resistance (TBR) on temperature distribution in ungated AlGaN/GaN field-effect devices was investigated using 3-D micro-Raman thermography. The temperature distribution in operating AlGaN/GaN devices on SiC, sapphire, and Si substrates was used to determine values for the TBR by comparing experimental results to finite-difference thermal simulations. While the measured TBR of about 3.3 x 10-8 W-1 ldr m2 ldr K for devices on SiC and Si substrates has a sizeable effect on the self-heating in devices, the TBR of up to 1.2 x 10-8 W-1 ldr m2 ldr K plays an insignificant role in devices on sapphire substrates due to the low thermal conductivity of the substrate. The determined effective TBR was found to increase with temperature at the GaN/SiC interface from 3.3 x 10-8 W-1 ldr m2 ldr K at 150degC to 6.5 x 3.3 x 10-8 W-1 ldr m2 ldr K at 275degC, respectively. The contribution of a low-thermal-conductivity GaN layer at the GaN/substrate interface toward the effective TBR in devices and its temperature dependence are also discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: IEEE
ISSN: 0018-9383
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2018 15:32
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/109496

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