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Comprehensive analysis of small-signal parameters of fully strained and partially relaxed high Al-content lattice mismatched AlmGa1-mN/GaN HEMTs

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5 Author(s)
Rashmi ; Dept. of Electron. Sci., Univ. of Delhi, New Delhi, India ; Kranti, A. ; Haldar, S. ; Gupta, M.
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Proposes an accurate model to investigate the small-signal microwave parameters of fully strained (FS) and partially relaxed (PR) AlmGa1-mN/GaN high electron-mobility transistors (HEMTs). It is observed that elastic strain relaxation of the AlmGa1-mN layer imposes an upper limit on the maximum two-dimensional electron-gas sheet charge density and is, thus, extremely critical in determining the microwave performance of high Al-content AlmGa1-mN/GaN HEMTs. The model incorporates the effects of strain relaxation of the barrier layer, field-dependent mobility, parasitic source/drain resistance, and velocity saturation to evaluate drain current, transconductance, drain conductance, cutoff frequency, and transit time of FS and PR AlmGa1-mN/GaN HEMTs with different Al mole fractions. The proposed model predicts a high drain current of 5.94 A/mm for a PR 0.3-μm Al0.4Ga0.6N/GaN HEMT, which is in close proximity with previously published simulated results. A peak transconductance of 154 mS/mm is also estimated for a 1-μm gate-length device with aluminum concentration of 15% (FS), which is in close agreement with previously published measured data. A high cutoff frequency of 21.09 GHz was predicted for a 0.6-μm device with an Al mole fraction of 0.5 (PR), thus showing the potential of AlGaN/GaN HEMTs for microwave applications.

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Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:51 ,  Issue: 2 )

Date of Publication:

Feb 2003

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