Skip to Main Content
Physics-based breakdown voltage optimization in Schottky-barrier power RF and microwave field-effect transistors as well as in high-speed power-switching diodes is today an important topic in technology computer-aided design (TCAD). off-state breakdown threshold criteria based on the magnitude of the Schottky-barrier leakage current can be directly applied to TCAD; however, the results obtained are not accurate due to the large uncertainty in the Schottky-barrier parameters and models arising above all in advanced wide-gap semiconductors and to the need of performing high-temperature simulations to improve the numerical convergence of the model. In this paper, we suggest a novel off-state breakdown criterion, based on monitoring the magnitude (at the drain edge of the gate) of the electric field component parallel to the current density. The new condition is shown to be consistent with more conventional definitions and to exhibit a significantly reduced sensitivity with respect to physical parameter variations.