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A General Control-Volume Formulation for Modeling Impact Ionization in Semiconductor Transport

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2 Author(s)
Laux, S.E. ; IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA ; Grossman, B.M.

A method for incorporating impact ionization into a general control-volume formulation of semiconductor transport is described. The methods for electric-field and current-density vector evaluation and generated charge partitioning within a two-dimensional triangular element are given. The techniques employed allow device breakdown to be accurately determined independent of mesh orientation to current flow direction. The avalanche breakdown of a 1-μm n-MOSFET illustrates the approach. Regions where the drain current is a multivalued function of drain voltage are directly and self-consistently calculated for this device.

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Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:4 ,  Issue: 4 )

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October 1985

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