"Simulation of Current Filaments in Photoconductive Semiconductor Switches"

Kenneth E Kambour, Harold P Hjalmarson, Fred J Zutavern, Alan Mar, Charles Myles, Ravi P Joshi

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Photoconductive semiconductor switches (PCSS's), such as optically-triggered GaAs switches, have been developed for a variety of applications. Such switches exhibit unique properties as a consequence of lock-on, a phenomenon associated with the bistable switching of these devices. In this paper, lock-on is explained in terms of collective impact ionization. Furthermore, the effect of defects on the performance of these devices is investigated.
Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - Sep 15 2005


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