The breakdown mechanism of high-voltage GaN-HEMT was analysed using the experimental I-V characteristics and two-dimensional device simulation results. The holes are generated by the impact ionization under high applied voltage. A part of the generated holes accumulates beneath the gate and lowers the gate potential barrier. As a result, the source leakage current flowing over the gate potential increases rapidly and breakdown occurs. From these results, suppression of the impact ionization and the hole remove structure are effective for a highly reliable design concerning the breakdown.
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- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering