Analysis of high voltage operation of gallium arsenide photoconductive switches used in high power applications

N. E. Islam, E. Schamiloglu, C. B. Fleddermann, J. S.H. Schoenberg, R. P. Joshi

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Abstract

An opposed-contact photoconductive semiconductor switch, with a n+ region next to the cathode electrode has been simulated. Physical conditions during the pulse charging state, prior to high power switching, are analyzed in order to explain the increased hold-off characteristic of such devices. Results show that the introduction of the n+ region near the cathode inhibits the flow of electrons at the n+/semi-insulating interface until very high fields are reached. The formation of trap-filled regions near the contacts and the resultant inhomogeneous device characteristics that lead to breakdown are thereby shifted to higher voltages. Thus, for switches with a n+ region next to the cathode, the breakdown voltage due to unstable filamentary conduction is also increased beyond those achieved previously, allowing for higher power operation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1754-1758
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume86
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1999

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