Avalanche Multiplication and Breakdown in 4H-SiC Diodes

B.K. Ng, J.P.R. David, D.J. Massey, R.C. Tozer, G.J. Rees, Feng Yan, Jian Hui Zhao, M. Weiner
2004 Materials Science Forum  
The measured photomultiplication and excess noise characteristics of two 4H-SiC p-i-n diodes, with i-region widths of 0.105 µm and 0.285 µm, were modelled using a nonlocal multiplication model to determine the ionization threshold energies and the impact ionization coefficients of 4H-SiC. The modelled ionization coefficients accurately predicted the breakdown voltage of a 0.485 µm p-i-n structure. The breakdown voltage of 4H-SiC calculated using these parameters is approximately 7.2 and 4.6
more » ... s higher than that of similar Si and Al 0.8 Ga 0.2 As structures respectively. Dead space, the minimum distance required for carriers to equilibrate in the electric field, has to be taken into account to accurately predict the breakdown voltage in thin devices.
doi:10.4028/www.scientific.net/msf.457-460.1069 fatcat:etuq4b7fvnbybdsn4zvnoy3fii