Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Microelectronics-Photonics (MS)
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Gallium Nitride, Mechanical Engineering, Microelectronics, Reliability, Wide-bandgap Semiconductors
This research focuses on understanding the effects of accelerated aging through temperature and environment on novel gallium nitride-based Hall effect magnetic field sensors and determining device reliability under electric vehicle operating conditions. The device reliability was modeled using accelerated aging for the temperatures of 200 °C, 350 °C, 450 °C, and 600 °C under various time steps unique to each temperature and either air, which is identical to operating circumstances, or argon, which would model the hermetic packaging environment. Using a high temperature furnace and oven, devices underwent high temperature storage tests at a chosen temperature and time step. Afterwards, device electrical response as well as surface imaging was used to determine the degree to which devices had degraded. This data was then used to create accelerated aging models used to predict the lifetime of the gallium nitride devices under the target operating conditions of 150 °C in air. This thesis explores the enabling aspect of the development of novel wide-bandgap devices for use under industry-relevant conditions.
Krone, A. A. (2021). High Temperature Degradation in GaN-Based Hall Effect Sensors. Graduate Theses and Dissertations Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uark.edu/etd/4208