Radiation Effects on Carrier Transport

  • Arokia Nathan
  • Henry Baltes
Part of the Computational Microelectronics book series (COMPUTATIONAL)


The model equations and boundary conditions reviewed in the preceding chapter describe electrical transport in semiconductor microtransducers in the absence of external fields. As summarized in Sect. 2.7, external fields appreciably alter carrier transport by introducing asymmetries in device operation. For example, radiation alters the generation-recombination rate, and hence, the electrical carrier transport in a semiconductor by virtue of its wavelength- and material-dependent absorption. In this chapter, we review the physical effects induced by radiant signals along with associated model equations relevant to simulation and subsequent optimization of optical microtransducers.


Quantum Efficiency Pair Production Carrier Transport Compton Scattering Transverse Electric 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arokia Nathan
    • 1
  • Henry Baltes
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada
  2. 2.Physical Electronics LaboratoryETH HoenggerbergZürichSwitzerland

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