Hot-electron and thermal effects on the dynamic characteristics of single-transit SiC impact-ionization avalanche transit-time diodes

R. P. Joshi, S. Pathak, J. A. McAdoo

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Abstract

We report our simulation results for the dynamic characteristics of single-transit SiC SiC impact-ionization avalanche transit-time (IMPATT) diodes. An iterative Monte Carlo-Crank-Nicholson technique has been used to solve the coupled electron transport-heat conduction problem. This procedure allows for accurate computation of both the device current as a function of temperature, time, and position, and the internal heat generation. The technique is quite general, has not been used before, and can be applied for the analysis of any power device. Our results show that the internal power generation profile within the SiC IMPATT device can have a very nonuniform axial distribution. The internal heating is seen to significantly degrade the device efficiency and optimum operating frequency. With thermal effects the output current values are lower and the transit time is increased.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3492-3497
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume78
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995

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