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Enhanced optical effect in a high-electron-mobility phototransistor device: two-dimensional modeling considering a realistic velocity-field relation
Author(s): B. B. Pal; H. Mitra; Dharmendra P. Singh
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Paper Abstract

An enhanced optical effect is observed in a high electron mobility transistor device when the radiation is allowed to fall on the gaps of the source, gate, and drain of a n-AlGaAs/GaAs system. A 2-D model is presented considering a realistic velocity field relation of carriers in the n-AlGaAs layer. Due to the incident radiation, a photovoltage is developed across the heterojunction in addition to band-edge discontinuity between the n-AlGaAs and GaAs layers. This photovoltage drags the electrons from the n-AlGaAs layer into the heterointerface, thus significantly enhancing the sheet concentration of 2-D electron gas. The drain current and transconductance of the device increase considerably. Plots have been made for the I-V characteristics and the transconductance versus gate voltage. Also, a ratio of drain current under illumination and drain current under a dark condition has been plotted against the input optical power density, which indicates that the overall gain of the device is enhanced by a factor of more than 10 compared to its dark case.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 1994
PDF: 5 pages
Opt. Eng. 33(4) doi: 10.1117/12.163115
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 33, Issue 4
Show Author Affiliations
B. B. Pal, Banaras Hindu Univ. (India)
H. Mitra, Banaras Hindu Univ. (India)
Dharmendra P. Singh, Banaras Hindu Univ. (India)

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