Electrical and thermal characterisation of liquid metal thin-film Ga2O3–SiO2 heterostructures

Alexander Petkov, Abhishek Mishra, Mattia Cattelan, Daniel Field, James W Pomeroy, Martin Kuball*

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Heterostructures of Ga2O3 with other materials such as Si, SiC or diamond, are a possible way of addressing the low thermal conductivity and lack of p-type doping of Ga2O3 for device applications, as well as of improving device reliability. In this work we study the electrical and thermal properties of Ga2O3–SiO2 heterostructures. Here, thin-film gallium oxide with thickness ranging between 8 and 30 nm was deposited onto a silicon substrate with a thermal oxide by means of oxidised liquid gallium layer delamination. The resulting heterostructure is then characterised by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and transient thermoreflectance. The thin-film gallium oxide valence band offset with respect to the SiO2 is measured as 0.1 eV and predicted as −2.3 eV with respect to diamond. The thin-film’s out-of-plane thermal conductivity is determined to be 3 ±0.5 Wm−1
, which is higher than what has been previously measured for other polycrystalline Ga2
films of comparable thickness.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3437
Number of pages7
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2023

Bibliographical note

The authors acknowledge use of the University of Bristol cleanroon and NanoESCA facilities. AP acknowledges funding and support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Centre for Doctoral Training in Condensed Matter Physics (CDTCMP), Grant No. EP/L015544/1. The work of Martin Kuball was supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering through the Chair in Emerging Technologies Scheme. The authors also wish to thank Jude Lavrock for helpful discussion on XPS.

Structured keywords

  • CDTR


  • gallium oxide
  • thermal conductivity
  • semiconductors
  • ultra-wide band gap materials


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