Dynamic properties and avalanche noise analysis of 4H-SiC over wz-GaN based IMPATTs at mm-wave window frequency
Semiconductor Physics, Quantum Electronics & Optoelectronics
The mm-wave as well as noise properties of IMPATT diodes for the D-band are efficiently determined, with 4H-SiC and wurtzite type GaN as base materials, using advanced computer simulation techniques developed by the authors. The breakdown voltage (180 V) and efficiency (14.7%) is higher in case of 4H-SiC as compared to wz-GaN based diode having the breakdown voltage (153 V) and efficiency (13.7%). The study indicates that 4H-SiC IMPATT diode is capable of generating high RF power density of
... ower density of about 8.383×10 10 W/m 2 as compared to GaN IMPATT diode that is capable to develop the power density 6.847×10 10 W/m 2 for the same frequency of operation. It is also observed that wz-GaN exhibits better noise behavior 7.42×10 -16 V 2 ·s than SiC (5.16×10 -15 V 2 ·s) for IMPATT operation at 140 GHz. A tradeoff between the power output and noise from the device reveals that wz-GaN would be a suitable base material for high power application of IMPATT diode with moderate noise.