The current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of the Ni/Al026Ga0.74N Schottky barrier diodes (SBDs) were measured in the temperature range of 100-310 K by the step of 10 K. The forward I-V characteristics were analyzed on the basis of the thermionic emission theory. The characteristics of diode parameters such as the Schottky height (SBH) and the ideality factor were investigated as a function of temperature. An experimental SBH value about 1.021 eV was obtained for the Ni/Al026Ga0.74N SBD at 300 K. The experimental results show that the values of the ideality factor decrease while the values of the SBH increase with increasing temperature. The temperature dependence of the SBH was explained on the basis of a thermionic emission mechanism with the Gaussian distribution of the SBHs due to the SBH inhomogeneities at the metal-semiconductor interface. The values the mean barrier height (Phi) over bar (bo) and the standard deviation sigma(s0) were 1.362 eV and 133 may in the temperature range of 210-300 K, 1204 eV and 111 meV in the temperature range of 100-210 K, respectively. The modified Richardson plots according to inhomogeneity of the SBHs have a good linearity in the corresponding temperature range. The values of Richardson constant A* were found to be 31.46 Acm(-2) K-2 and 3336 Acm(-2) K-2 in the temperature ranges of 210-310 K and 100-210 K, respectively. The obtained Richardson constant values are good agreement with the theoretical value of 34.56 Acm(-2) K-2 known for n-type Al0.26Ga0.74N. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.