A strong positive correlation was found between the trap density (Dit) at the SiO2/SiC interface and signal variation in a scanning nonlinear dielectric microscopy (SNDM) image. Si-face and C-face SiC wafers with a 45-nm-thick oxide layer were examined by the conventional high-low method and SNDM, which is a type of scanning probe microscopy. The Dit value measured by the high-low method and the standard deviation of normalized SNDM images exhibited a strong positive correlation, which means that the standard deviation of the normalized SNDM image can be used as a universal measure of the SiO2/SiC interface quality. Using this measure, a quick evaluation of Dit using SNDM is possible.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)