Christopher Nicklaw

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Oxygen vacancies in SiO2 have long been regarded as bistable, forming a Si-Si dimer when neutral and a puckered configuration when positively charged. We report first-principles calculations of O vacancies in amorphous SiO2 supercells that unveil significantly more complex behavior. We find that the vast majority of O vacancies do not pucker after capture(More)
Experimental results on ion-induced leakage current increase in 4H-SiC Schottky power diodes are presented. Monte Carlo and TCAD simulations show that degradation is due to the synergy between applied bias and ion energy deposition. This degradation is possibly related to thermal spot annealing at the metal semiconductor interface. This thermal annealing(More)
Heavy-ion-induced degradation in the reverse leakage current of SiC Schottky power diodes exhibits a strong dependence on the ion angle of incidence. This effect is studied experimentally for several different bias voltages applied during heavy-ion exposure. In addition, TCAD simulations are used to give insight on the physical mechanisms involved.
Electrical charge-trapping characteristics have been studied in thermal oxides that were implanted with Si, experimentally using electron spin resonance (ESR), capacitance versus voltage (CV) measurements, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and theoretically with Density Functional Theory (DFT) using plane waves. Our(More)
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