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Novel family of optical and optoelectronic elements for information processing using the current filament in semiconductors
Author(s): Oleg A. Ryabushkin; Vladimir A. Sablikov; Nikolay S. Platonov; Vladimir Antonovich Bader; V. I. Sergeyev; D. Yu. Babkin
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Paper Abstract

A new family of optical and optoelectronic elements is offered that's operation is based on controlling the current filament in semiconductors having an S-shaped current-voltage characteristic (CVC). The current filament is controlled by the action of fields (optical radiation, magnetic or electric field). The S-shaped CVC is a result of low-temperature avalanche ionization of shallow impurities in semiconductor epitaxial layers induced by an electric field (E approximately equals 1 - 10 V/cm). New elements, we shall call them cryo-elements, possess a low specific dissipated power on the order of 10-9 W/micrometers 3. The characteristic time of current filament formation is about 10-9 s. For controlling the current filament an extremely low (several photons per square micrometer in the region of fundamental absorption) light intensity is sufficient. The filament control is possible in a band from UV to IR.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 January 1993
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1751, Miniature and Micro-Optics: Fabrication and System Applications II, (13 January 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.138879
Show Author Affiliations
Oleg A. Ryabushkin, Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics (Russia)
Vladimir A. Sablikov, Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics (Russia)
Nikolay S. Platonov, Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics (Russia)
Vladimir Antonovich Bader, Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics (Russia)
V. I. Sergeyev, Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics (Russia)
D. Yu. Babkin, Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics (Russia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1751:
Miniature and Micro-Optics: Fabrication and System Applications II
Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri; Wilfrid B. Veldkamp, Editor(s)

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