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Current Leakage Evolution in Partially Gate Ruptured Power MOSFETs

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4 Author(s)
Scheick, L. ; Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Technol., Pasadena, CA ; Edmonds, L. ; Selva, L. ; Yuan Chen

It has been observed that power MOSFETs can experience an SEGR and continue to function with altered parameters. We propose that there are three different types of SEGR modes; the micro-break, the thermal runaway, and the avalanche breakdown. Data that demonstrates these stages of device failure are presented as well as a proposed model for the micro-break. Brief discussions of the other modes, based on analysis combined with our interpretations of the older literature, are also given.

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Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:55 ,  Issue: 4 )

Date of Publication:

Aug. 2008

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