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A Theoretical Analysis of Steady-State Charge Collection in Simple Diodes Under High-Injection Conditions

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1 Author(s)
Edmonds, L.D. ; Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Technol., Pasadena, CA, USA

A previous rigorous mathematical analysis of drift-diffusion equations was used to investigate collected charge in a simple reverse-biased p-n junction diode exposed to an ionization source that liberates carriers (electron-hole pairs) in a quasi-neutral region within the diode. Each of two simple models was found to agree with the more rigorous analysis when carrier liberation is sufficiently intense. One is the sensitive volume (SV) model, and the other was called ??ambipolar diffusion with a cutoff?? (ADC). The earlier rigorous analysis was worked out in detail only for a localized source, i.e., a point source of carrier liberation, so it was able to validate the applicability of each simple model only for that case. The present paper treats an arbitrary spatial distribution of carrier generation and concludes that the ADC model remains valid for this more general case, but the SV model does not.

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Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:57 ,  Issue: 2 )