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Gallium arsenide (GaAs) is a compound of the elements gallium and arsenic. It is a III-V direct . GaAs diodes can be used for the detection of X-rays. Type I heterojunctions are quite common, the important GaAs – AlGaAs system is sometimes called an isotype junction, the pn-type a diode type junctions. The double-Schottky-diode model of Oldham and Milnes. The l-V characteristics of the GaAs-Ge isotype heterojunctions investigated by Anderson .

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We can not join the two materials! Other people use abbreviations, e. Consequently, GaAs thin films must be supported on a substrate material. Combined with a high dielectric constantthis property makes GaAs a very good substrate for Integrated circuits and unlike Si provides natural isolation between devices and circuits. For homojunctions, the intrinsic carrier concentration n i is isoty;e same on both sides, but not for heterojunctions!

However, at least in the type I case, only one kind of carrier will flow as is obvious and shown below. The difference will be equal to the difference in Fermi energy before the contact divided by the elementary charge.

This is a result of higher carrier mobilities and lower resistive device parasitics. Optoelectronics, as well as practically all other devices made from compound semiconductors, always contain iostypei. Retrieved from ” https: The bandgaps do not overlap at all. If we look ahead, we can now easily denote multi-junctions like PnPand so on. There is, however, one feature of the discontinuities that makes life somewhat easier: This tells us, that the basic diode characteristics assuming that nothing happens in the space charge region must still be valid in its general form, but isotyps one big difference that transfers into a decisive property of heterojunctions:.


Exactly what happens and what the cusps look like depends on many details, you must solve the Poisson equation properly for a specific case. Whatever its value, it is determined by the interaction of the atoms at the interface and interatomic forces are responsible for its value.


What happens if we isotpye the two materials? Concerns over GaAs’s susceptibility to heat damage have been raised, but it has been speculated that certain manufacturers would benefit from such limitations, considering the planned obsolescence cycle that many consumer electronics are designed to follow. This dlode gives rise to three distinct cases for heterojunctions as illustrated below together with the necessary definitions of the various energies needed. After all, the equations for I-V -characteristics across a junction without the space charge layer part in the simple or more complex form did not contain anything about the shape of the band bending – only the potential difference and bulk properties of materials to the left and right of the junction.

The situation for carrier transfer is like type IIjust more pronounced. Silicon is a pure element, avoiding the problems of stoichiometric imbalance and thermal unmixing of GaAs.

Also many solar cars utilize GaAs in gaws arrays.

Again, a discontinuity like this must happeneven at “ideal” interfaces. For homojunctionsthe number of electrons flowing into the p -type part is then the same as the number of electrons flowing into the n -part. Such a layer gaws relatively robust and easy to handle. It is also a fairly good thermal conductor, thus enabling very dense packing of transistors that need to get rid of their heat of operation, all very desirable for design and manufacturing of very large ICs.


Gallium arsenide

Isotype junctions must also have band discontinuities at the interface, the isktype picture shows examples. GaAs has been used to produce near-infrared laser diodes since Silicon has an indirect bandgap and so is relatively poor at emitting light. But that is only a rough estimate that may be quite wrong not to mention that bulk electron affinities can not be calculated with any precision and measurements always obtain the different surface electron affinities. Critical Reviews in Toxicology. Or, if there is some radiative recombination, the quantum- or current efficiencies?

The first known operational use of GaAs solar cells in space was for the Venera 3 mission, launched in There are many heterojunctions and we will not be able to delve very deep into the subject. The simplest model called the Anderson model assumes that D Gas C is equal to the difference in the isorype affinities c.