Characterization of the optical properties of GaN:Fe for high voltage photoconductive switch applications

V. Meyers, D. Mauch, J. Mankowski, J. Dickens, A. Neuber

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The optical properties of bulk semi-insulating GaN:Fe are obtained to assess its future suitability as a high voltage photoconductive semiconductor switch (PCSS). The material properties of GaN:Fe hold significant promise to improve devices for pulsed power and other applications. Growth techniques of bulk GaN:Fe, which have hitherto been largely insufficient for commercial applications, are nearing the point that anticipatory characterization research is warranted. In this paper, the optical constants of bulk GaN:Fe (refractive index, absorption coefficient, and off-state dielectric function) were determined by optical reflection/transmission analysis. The results of this analysis are compared with a similar treatment of bulk 4H-SiC as well as possible elements of PCSS housing: Sylgard 184 elastomer, and EFI 20003/50013 electrical potting epoxy. The data presented provide foundational material characterization to enable assessment of the feasibility of GaN:Fe as a practical high voltage PCSS material. Beyond basic materials research, these properties inform design optimization in PCSS construction and implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 IEEE Pulsed Power Conference, PPC 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781479984039
StatePublished - Oct 12 2015
EventIEEE Pulsed Power Conference, PPC 2015 - Austin, United States
Duration: May 31 2015Jun 4 2015

Publication series

NameDigest of Technical Papers-IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference


ConferenceIEEE Pulsed Power Conference, PPC 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Absorption
  • Gallium nitride
  • Optical reflection
  • Optical refraction
  • Optical switches
  • Optical variables control
  • Refractive index


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