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Inverse Problems in Semiconductor Devices

Martin Burger

Johannes Kepler Universität Linz

- Introduction: Drift-Diffusion Model
- Inverse Dopant Profiling
- Sensitivities

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- Heinz Engl, RICAM
- Peter Markowich, Universität Wien & RICAM
- Antonio Leitao, Florianopolis & RICAM
- Paola Pietra, Pavia

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- Identify the device doping profile from measurements of the device characteristics
- Device characteristics:
- Current-Voltage map
- Voltage-Capacitance map

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- Device characteristics are obtained by applying different voltage patterns (space-time) on some contact
- Measurements:
- Outflow Current on Contacts
- Capacitance = variation of charge with
- respect to voltage modulation

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- Stationary Drift Diffusion Model:
- PDE system for potential V, electron density n and hole density p
- in W (subset of R2)
- Doping Profile C(x)enters as source term

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Boundary of W : homogeneous Neumann boundary conditions on GN and

on Dirichlet boundary GD (Ohmic Contacts)

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Measured on a contact G0 on GD:

Outflow current density

Capacitance

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After (exponential) transform to Slotboom

variables (u=e-V n, p = eV p) and scaling:

Similar transforms and scaling for boundary

conditions

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- Similar transforms and scaling for boundary
- Conditions
- Essential (possibly small) parameters
- - Debye length l
- - Injection Parameter d
- Applied Voltage U

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Inverse Problem for full model ( scale d = 1)

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Take current measurements on a contact G0 in the following

Least-Squares Optimization: minimize

for N large

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This least squares problem is ill-posed

Consider Tikhonov-regularized version

C0is a given prior (a lot is known about C)

Problem is of large scale, evaluation of F involves N solves of the nonlinear drift-diffusion system

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Define Lagrangian

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Primal equations,

with different boundary conditions

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Dual equations

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Boundary conditions on contact G0

homogeneous boundary conditions else

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Optimality condition (H1 - regularization)

with homogeneous boundary conditions for C - C0

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If N is large, we obtain a huge optimality system of

6N+1 equations

Direct discretization is challenging with respect to memory consumption and computational effort

If we do gradient method, we can solve 3 x 3 subsystems, but the overall convergence is slow

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Structure of KKT-System

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For small applied voltages one can use linearization of DD system around U=0

Equilibrium potential V0 satisfies

Boundary conditions for V0 with U = 0

→one-to-one relation between C and V0

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- Linearized DD system around equilibrium
- (first order expansion inefor U = e F)
- Dirichlet boundary condition V1 = - u1 = v1 = F
- Depends only on V0:
- Identify V0 (smoother !) instead of C

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Linearization around equilibrium is not strongly coupled (triangular structure)

Numerical solution easier around equilibrium

Solution is always unique close to equilibrium

Without capacitance data, no solution of linearized potential equation needed

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Under additional unipolarity (v = 0), scalar elliptic equation – the problem of identifying the equilibrium

potential can be rewritten as the identification of a diffusion coefficient a = eV0

Well-known problem from Impedance Tomography

Caution:

The inverse problem is always non-linear, even for the linearized DD model !

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Natural question: do the data determine the doping profile uniquely ?

For a quasi 1D device (ballistic diode), the doping profile cannot be determined, information content of current data corresponds to one real number (slope of the I-V curve)

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For a unipolar 2D device (MESFET, MOSFET), voltage-current data around equilibrium suffice only when currents ar measured on the whole boundary (B-Engl-Markowich-Pietra 01) – not realistic !

For a unipolar 3D device, voltage-current data around equilibrium determine the doping profile uniquely under reasonable conditions

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Test for a P-N Diode

Real Doping ProfileInitial Guess

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Different Voltage Sources

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Reconstructions with first source

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Reconstructions with second source

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Simplest device geometry, two Ohmic contacts, single p-n junction

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- Doping profiles look often like a step function, with a single discontinuity curve G(p-n junction)
Identification of p-n junction is of major interest in this case

Voltage applied on contact 1, device characteristics measured on contact 2

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- Typically small Debye lengthl
- Consider limitl→ 0 (zero space charge)
Equilibrium potential equation becomes algebraic relation between V0 and C

- - V0is piecewise constant
- - identify junction in V0or a = exp(V0 )
- Continuity equations
- div ( a u1 ) = div ( a-1 v1 ) = 0

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Since we only want to identify the junction G, we need less measurements

For a unipolar diode with zero space charge, the junction is locally unique if we only measure the current for a single applied voltage (N=1)

Computational effort reduced to scalar elliptic equation

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If, in addition to zero space charge, there is also low injection (d small), the model can be reduced further (cf. Schmeiser 91)

In the P-region, the function u satisfies

Du = 0

- Current is determined by u only
- Inverse boundary value problem in the P-region, overposed boundary values on contact 2 (u = 0 on G,
- u = 1 on contact 2, current flux = normal derivative of u measured)

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For a P-N Diode, junction is determined uniquely by a single current measurement (B-Engl-Markowich-Pietra 01)

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For zero space charge and low injection, computational effort reduces to inverse free boundary problem for Laplace equation

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