A comparative study of Pt and Pt/Si contacts to p-type 6H-SiC in terms of various processing conditions and interlayer specifications was performed. Deposition temperature, the thickness of the Si layer, and B-dopant incorporation in the Si were found to significantly affect the specific contact resistivity (SCR) values. In addition, pre-etching of the SiC surface in SF6 + Ar was found to consistently reduce the SCR's. The lowest average SCR values were 3 × 10−5 Ωcm2 for Pt/Si/SiC contacts deposited on pre-etched SiC surfaces (7.0 × 1018 cm−3 doping concentration) and annealed at 1100 °C for 5 min.
Aluminum-titanium contacts also showed dependence on the thicknesses of the Al and Ti layers and on the locations of the layers. Differences in both the SCRs and surface morphology are presented.