Characterization of Oxide Trapping in SiC MOSFETs Under Positive Gate Bias

Ye Liang, Yuanlei Zhang, Jingqun Zhang, Xiuyuan He, Yinchao Zhao, Miao Cui, Huiqing Wen, Mingxiang Wang*, Wen Liu*

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SiC MOSFETs devices with double-trench dominate the market due to their low on-resistance. However, studies on its temperature-dependent properties are not comprehensive. This work uses fast I-V and static I-V techniques to explore the location of electrons trapped in the device under moderate gate stress. Threshold voltage instability (VTH hysteresis and Δ VTH) and on-resistance degradation (ΔRON) are used to characterize oxide trapping. Although the observation method is different, it can be found that the VTH instability and RON degradation increase linearly with logarithmic time over a wide time range from 100μs to 104 s, suggesting that the direct tunneling mechanism dominates the electrons trapping in the oxide near the SiO2/SiC interface. The interface trap density is 3.8×1012 cm-2 ˙eV-1. In addition, a negative temperature dependence is shown in the test, and the fitting parameter γ from 0.16 to 0.18 indicated that these traps are concentrated in the oxide layer. These traps' energy level at 0.68 eV below the conduction band was obtained in the recovery phase through the Arrhenius plot.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)920-926
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Journal of the Electron Devices Society
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Activation energy
  • fast I-V technique
  • on-resistance degradation
  • positive-bias stress
  • silicon carbide
  • static I-V technique
  • threshold voltage instability


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