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Title: Effect of Mg ionization efficiency on performance of Npn AlGaN/GaN heterojunction bipolar transistors

Abstract

A drift-diffusion transport model has been used to examine the performance capabilities of AlGaN/GaN Npn heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs). Simulations using experimental mobility and lifetime reported in the literature closely reproduce the Gummel plot from the GaN-based HBT structure recently demonstrated. Numerical results have been explored to study the effect of the p-type Mg doping and its incomplete ionization in the base. The high base resistance induced by the deep acceptor level is found to be the cause of limiting current gain values. Increasing the operating temperature of the device activates more carriers in the base. An improvement of the simulated current gain by a factor of 2-4 between 25 and 300 degree sign C agrees well with the reported experimental results. A preliminary analysis of high-frequency characteristics indicates substantial progress of predicted rf performances by operating the device at higher temperature due to a reduced extrinsic base resistivity. (c) 2000 American Institute of Physics.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [2];  [2];  [3]
  1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611 (United States)
  2. Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185 (United States)
  3. Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20216499
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Applied Physics Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 76; Journal Issue: 21; Other Information: PBD: 22 May 2000; Journal ID: ISSN 0003-6951
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; JUNCTION TRANSISTORS; GALLIUM NITRIDES; ALUMINIUM NITRIDES; MANGANESE ADDITIONS; DOPED MATERIALS; IONIZATION; SIMULATION; PERFORMANCE; TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE; THEORETICAL DATA

Citation Formats

Monier, C., Pearton, S. J., Chang, P. C., Baca, A. G., and Ren, F. Effect of Mg ionization efficiency on performance of Npn AlGaN/GaN heterojunction bipolar transistors. United States: N. p., 2000. Web. doi:10.1063/1.126541.
Monier, C., Pearton, S. J., Chang, P. C., Baca, A. G., & Ren, F. Effect of Mg ionization efficiency on performance of Npn AlGaN/GaN heterojunction bipolar transistors. United States. doi:10.1063/1.126541.
Monier, C., Pearton, S. J., Chang, P. C., Baca, A. G., and Ren, F. Mon . "Effect of Mg ionization efficiency on performance of Npn AlGaN/GaN heterojunction bipolar transistors". United States. doi:10.1063/1.126541.
@article{osti_20216499,
title = {Effect of Mg ionization efficiency on performance of Npn AlGaN/GaN heterojunction bipolar transistors},
author = {Monier, C. and Pearton, S. J. and Chang, P. C. and Baca, A. G. and Ren, F.},
abstractNote = {A drift-diffusion transport model has been used to examine the performance capabilities of AlGaN/GaN Npn heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs). Simulations using experimental mobility and lifetime reported in the literature closely reproduce the Gummel plot from the GaN-based HBT structure recently demonstrated. Numerical results have been explored to study the effect of the p-type Mg doping and its incomplete ionization in the base. The high base resistance induced by the deep acceptor level is found to be the cause of limiting current gain values. Increasing the operating temperature of the device activates more carriers in the base. An improvement of the simulated current gain by a factor of 2-4 between 25 and 300 degree sign C agrees well with the reported experimental results. A preliminary analysis of high-frequency characteristics indicates substantial progress of predicted rf performances by operating the device at higher temperature due to a reduced extrinsic base resistivity. (c) 2000 American Institute of Physics.},
doi = {10.1063/1.126541},
journal = {Applied Physics Letters},
issn = {0003-6951},
number = 21,
volume = 76,
place = {United States},
year = {2000},
month = {5}
}