Brazilian Journal of Physics
Print version ISSN 0103-9733
ARABSHAHI, H. and ROKN- ABADI, M. Rezaee. Hot electron transport properties in characteristics of wurtzite GaN MESFETs using a five-valley model. Braz. J. Phys. [online]. 2010, vol.40, n.3, pp.267-272. ISSN 0103-9733. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-97332010000300002.
Ensemble Monte Carlo simulations have been carried out to investigate the effects of upper valleys on the characteristics of wurtzite GaN MESFETs. Electronic states within the conduction band valleys at the Γ1, U, M, Γ3 and K are represented by non-parabolic ellipsoidal valleys centred on important symmetry points of the Brillouin zone. The following scattering mechanisims, i.e, impurity, polar optical phonon, acoustic phonon, alloy and piezoelectric are inculded in the calculation. Ionized imurity scattering has been treated beyound the Born approximation using the phase-shift analysis. The simulation results show that on the drain side of the gate region, hot electrons attained enough energy to be scattered into the upper satellite conduction valleys. Approximately %20 of the electrons occupy the higher valleys (mainly U and M valley). The simulated device geometries and doping are matched to the nominal parameters described for the experimental structures as closely as possible, and the predicted drain current and other electrical characteristics for the simulated device including upper valleys show much closer agreement with the available experimantal data.
Keywords : Monte Carlo; Ellipsoidal valleys; Ionized impurity; Phase-shift.