Simulation of negative-effective-mass terahertz oscillators

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Journal titleJournal of Applied Physics
Pages28672873; # of pages: 7
Subjecteffective mass; phonons; semiconductor device models; submillimetre wave diodes; submillimetre wave oscillators
AbstractWe present a model calculation of hole current oscillations in doped p+pp+ ballistic diodes using the nonparabolic balance-equation theory and a time-dependent drift-diffusion model. Such an oscillation originates from a negative effective mass (NEM) region in the hole dispersion relation. In the present balance-equation calculation, we consider the scatterings by hole-impurity, hole-acoustic phonon, hole-polar-phonon, and hole-nonpolar-phonon–hole interactions, and yield a “N-shape” velocity-field relation, which are quite different from the two-valley results for electrons in bulk GaAs. We provide a detailed analysis of the resulting oscillations as a function of the applied voltage, base length, base doping, and the dispersion relation. Typical frequencies for a 0.2 μm structure NEM oscillator are in the terahertz range. Qualitative agreement is obtained between the present calculations and the existing Boltzmann results
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AffiliationNational Research Council Canada; NRC Institute for Microstructural Sciences
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NPARC number12339221
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