The major goal of this research work was to develop better
electrical measurements for the evaluation of silicon material
The first approach investigated was the Zerbst generation
lifetime measurement technique. It was demonstrated that the
error in the estimation of the generation lifetime obtained with
this technique could be...
Imperfections in semiconductor materials constitute a rich area for research. The importance of the characterization of these imperfections cannot be understated. Junction spectroscopic techniques provide a unique tool for the study of these imperfections. The test specimens could consist of Schottky barrier, p-n junctions, or MOS structures. Using Schottky barrier...
The refresh times of all dynamic charge storage devices, best
characterized by the generation lifetime at roan temperature and the
recombination lifetime at higher device operating temperatures
(T>70°C), strongly influence the efficient and successful operation
of dynamic charge storage devices such as DRAM's and CCD's. Both
recombination and generation lifetime...
A complete Gallium Arsenide Metal Semiconconductor
Field Effect Transistor (GaAs MESFET) model including deep-level
trap effects has been developed, which is far more
accurate than previous equivalent circuit models, for high-speed
applications in linear integrated circuit design.
A new self-backgating GaAs MESFET model, which can
simulate low frequency anomalies, is...
The purpose of this work is to develop a new model for LDD
n-MOSFET degradation in drain current under long-term AC use
conditions for lifetime projection which includes a self-limiting
effect in the hot-electron induced device degradation.
Experimental results on LDD n-channel MOSFETs shows that the
maximum drain current degradation...
Reliability of sub-micron analog circuits is directly related to impact ionization and
the subsequent changes in threshold voltage and drain current of n-MOSFET devices.
This thesis presents theory of the hot-electron effects on the device characteristics and
circuit performance, explores several approaches to improve performance at both the