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Pd/Au/SiC nanostructured Schottky diodes were fabricated embedding Au nanoparticles (NPs) at the metal-semiconductor interface of macroscopic Pd/SiC contacts. The Au NPs mean size was varied controlling the temperature and time of opportune annealing processes. The electrical characteristics of the nanostructured diodes were studied as a function of the NPs mean size. In particular, using the standard theory of thermoionic emission, we obtained the effective Schottky barrier height (SBH) and the effective ideality factor observing their dependence on the annealing time and temperature being the signature of their dependence on the mean NP size. Furthermore, plotting the effective SBH as a function of the effective ideality factor we observe a linear correlation, indicating that the Au NPs act as lateral inhomogeneities in the Schottky diodes according to the Tung's model. Therefore, we can control the size …
Publication date: 
29 Sep 2009

Francesco Ruffino, Isodiana Crupi, Alessia Irrera, Maria Grazia Grimaldi

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Volume: 9 Issue: 4 Pages: 414-421
IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology