Non-Ohmic Transport Fluctuations in Semiconductors

  • R. J. J. Zijlstra
Part of the Springer Series in Electrophysics book series (SSEP, volume 2)

Abstract

Non-ohmic transport in homogeneous semiconducting materials is caused by the fact that the carrier mobilities, the carrier densities and/or phonon distributions become field dependent. Then the electric current density is no longer proportional to the electric field strength and as a consequence Ohm’s law does not hold. In some cases current can become sublinear or superlinear on electric field, but there are more extreme cases in which either the current becomes a decreasing function of electric field strength or an increase in current is accompanied by a decrease in the required field strength, thus giving rise to a negative differential resistance. We shall restrict ourselves to devices with stable modes of operation and exclude unstable ones (e.g. Gunn and Read diodes).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. J. J. Zijlstra
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsRijksuniversiteit UtrechtUtrechtThe Netherlands

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