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Silicon Carbide Materials: Crystal Growth, Device Processing and Functional Applications

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Electronic Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 October 2024 | Viewed by 2588

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Institute Ruder Boskovic, Zagreb, Croatia
Interests: silicon carbide; defects; detectors
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National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology, Chiba, Japan
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Dear Colleagues,

The progress recently achieved as regards crystal growth and comprehensive characterization of silicon carbide and similar materials has offered remarkable possibilities for functional application development.

This Special Issue of Materials, entitled “Silicon Carbide Materials: Crystal Growth, Device Processing and Functional Applications”, is dedicated to all aspects related to the crystal growth, material characterization, device fabrication, and applications of silicon carbide and related materials with the main aim of providing an extensive overview of the current state of the art of and future perspectives in the field.

Researchers working in the field are invited to contribute. Potential topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Crystal growth;
  • Wide-band gap semiconductors;
  • Material characterization;
  • Device fabrication;
  • SiC, GaN, Ga2O3, diamond.

Dr. Ivana Capan
Dr. Takahiro Makino
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Keywords

  • crystal growth
  • silicon carbide
  • characterization
  • defects
  • devices
  • applications
  • modeling

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Study of the Chemical Vapor Deposition of Nano-Sized Carbon Phases on {001} Silicon
by Teodor Milenov, Dimitar Trifonov, Dobromir A. Kalchevski, Stefan Kolev, Ivalina Avramova, Stoyan Russev, Kaloyan Genkov, Georgi Avdeev, Dimitar Dimov, Desislava M. Karaivanova and Evgenia Valcheva
Materials 2023, 16(22), 7190; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma16227190 - 16 Nov 2023
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Different nano-sized phases were synthesized using chemical vapor deposition (CVD) processes. The deposition took place on {001} Si substrates at about 1150–1160 °C. The carbon source was thermally decomposed acetone (CH3)2CO in a main gas flow of argon. We [...] Read more.
Different nano-sized phases were synthesized using chemical vapor deposition (CVD) processes. The deposition took place on {001} Si substrates at about 1150–1160 °C. The carbon source was thermally decomposed acetone (CH3)2CO in a main gas flow of argon. We performed experiments at two ((CH3)2CO + Ar)/Ar) ratios and observed that two visually distinct types of layers were deposited after a one-hour deposition process. The first layer type, which appears more inhomogeneous, has areas of SiO2 (about 5% of the surface area substrates) beside shiny bright and rough paths, and its Raman spectrum corresponds to diamond-like carbon, was deposited at a (CH3)2CO+Ar)/Ar = 1/5 ratio. The second layer type, deposited at (CH3)2CO + Ar)/Ar = a 1/0 ratio, appears homogeneous and is very dark brown or black in color and its Raman spectrum pointed to defect-rich multilayered graphene. The performed structural studies reveal the presence of diamond and diamond polytypes and seldom SiC nanocrystals, as well as some non-continuously mixed SiC and graphene-like films. The performed molecular dynamics simulations show that there is no possibility of deposition of sp3-hybridized on sp2-hybridized carbon, but there are completely realistic possibilities of deposition of sp2- on sp2- and sp3- on sp3-hybridized carbon under different scenarios. Full article
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Wide-Bandgap Semiconductors for Radiation Detection: A Review
by Ivana Capan
Materials 2024, 17(5), 1147; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma17051147 - 1 Mar 2024
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In this paper, an overview of wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductors for radiation detection applications is given. The recent advancements in the fabrication of high-quality wafers have enabled remarkable WBG semiconductor device applications. The most common 4H-SiC, GaN, and β-Ga2O3 devices used [...] Read more.
In this paper, an overview of wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductors for radiation detection applications is given. The recent advancements in the fabrication of high-quality wafers have enabled remarkable WBG semiconductor device applications. The most common 4H-SiC, GaN, and β-Ga2O3 devices used for radiation detection are described. The 4H-SiC and GaN devices have already achieved exceptional results in the detection of alpha particles and neutrons, thermal neutrons in particular. While β-Ga2O3 devices have not yet reached the same level of technological maturity (compared to 4H-SiC and GaN), their current achievements for X-ray detection indicate great potential and promising prospects for future applications. Full article
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