Physics-based simulation of 4H-SIC DMOSFET structure under inductive switching

Bejoy N. Pushpakaran, Stephen B. Bayne, Aderinto A. Ogunniyi

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The integration of high power silicon carbide (SiC) Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistors (MOSFETs) in today’s power systems drives the demand for deeper understanding of the device switching characteristics by way of device simulation. Applications like motor drive require power MOSFETs to drive highly inductive loads which increase the switching power loss by extending the voltage and current crossover, a situation which gets exacerbated by the presence of parasitic inductance. A 2D model of a 1200 V 4H-SiC vertical DMOSFET half-cell was developed using a commercially available TCAD software package to investigate the electro-thermal switching characteristics using clamped inductive switching circuit for ON state drain current density values up to (Formula presented.) at an ambient lattice temperature of 300 K. Device physics-based models were included to account for carrier mobility, carrier generation and recombination, impact ionization and lattice heating. In order to analyze the areas of localized lattice heating, the lattice temperature distribution was monitored during simulation. The clamped inductive switching circuit simulations were performed with and without the addition of parasitic electrode inductance to observe the difference in switching energy loss.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-199
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Computational Electronics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016


  • Clamped inductive switching
  • Electro-thermal simulation
  • Lattice heating
  • Power DMOSFET
  • Silicon carbide
  • Silvaco ATLAS TCAD


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