Impact Ionization and Avalanche Breakdown

  • Karlheinz Seeger


Some aspects of impact ionization and avalanche breakdown in semiconductors are similar to the corresponding phenomena in gaseous discharges. Semiconductors may serve as model substances for gaseous plasmas since their ionic charges are practically immobile and therefore the interpretation of experimental data is facilitated. Impact ionization has been achieved both in the bulk of homogeneously doped semiconductors at low temperatures and in p-n junctions at room temperature. We will discuss these cases separately.


Drift Velocity Impact Ionization Electric Field Intensity Depletion Region Breakdown Field 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karlheinz Seeger
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  1. 1.ViennaAustria
  2. 2.Institut für Materialphysik der UniversitätViennaAustria

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