Intrinsic and extrinsic effects on performance limitation of AlGaAs/GaAs double-barrier resonant tunneling structures

J. S. Wu, C. P. Lee, C. Y. Chang, K. H. Chang, D. G. Liu, D. C. Liou

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The performance limitations of negative differential resistance (NDR) in AlGaAs/GaAs double-barrier resonant tunneling structures (DBRTSs) have been investigated by varying the barrier thickness and quantum well (QW) width, and by doping In into the barrier layers. For devices with thick barriers (≥ 70 A ̊), the scattering in the material is believed to cause the saturation of the peak-to-valley current ratio (PVCR). The dependence of PVCR on the well width, however, is found to be, to the first-order, not related to the scattering mechanisms or other material properties. It is rather an inherent property of the tunneling process under different conditions. On the other hand, it was found that a proper amount of In doping into the barrier layers can increase the PVCR, because of the lower defect concentration, resulting in lower scattering rate in the active region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)723-730
Number of pages8
JournalSolid State Electronics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1992 May


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry

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