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Anti-reflective nano- and micro-structures on 4H-SiC for photodiodes

Min-Seok Kang1, Sung-Jae Joo2, Wook Bahng2, Ji-Hoon Lee1, Nam-Kyun Kim2 and Sang-Mo Koo1*

Author Affiliations

1 School of Electronics and Information, Kwangwoon University, Seoul 139-701, Korea

2 Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute, Power Semiconductor Research Group, Changwon 641-120, Korea

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2011, 6:236  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-6-236

Published: 18 March 2011

Abstract

In this study, nano-scale honeycomb-shaped structures with anti-reflection properties were successfully formed on SiC. The surface of 4H-SiC wafer after a conventional photolithography process was etched by inductively coupled plasma. We demonstrate that the reflection characteristic of the fabricated photodiodes has significantly reduced by 55% compared with the reference devices. As a result, the optical response Iillumination/Idark of the 4H-SiC photodiodes were enhanced up to 178%, which can be ascribed primarily to the improved light trapping in the proposed nano-scale texturing.