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Numerical simulation of deep-UV avalanche photodetectors
Author(s): Enrico Bellotti; Francesco Bertazzi
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Paper Abstract

We have studied the performance of deep-UV avalanche photodetectors based on AlGaN alloys. We have evaluated the carrier multiplication gains and excess noise factors using a model based on recurrence equations and activated ionization coefficients derived from a full-band Monte Carlo model. We find that for devices with Al0.4Ga0.6N the excess noise factor increases linearly with the gain. When Al0.6Ga0.4N is used, the excess noise factor is significantly reduced. Finally, from the analysis of the possible device configurations, electric field distribution and its magnitude, we find that the fabrication of these devices will be challenging and alternative approaches should be considered.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2014
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8980, Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XXII, 89800R (7 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2040789
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Enrico Bellotti, Boston Univ. (United States)
Francesco Bertazzi, Boston Univ. (United States)
IEIIT-CNR, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8980:
Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XXII
Bernd Witzigmann; Marek Osiński; Fritz Henneberger; Yasuhiko Arakawa, Editor(s)

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