Simulation of Electron Transport in InGaAs/AlGaAs HEMTs Using an Electrothermal Monte Carlo Method

T. Sadi, R. Kelsall, N. Pilgrim

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The electrothermal simulator developed in this work uses an iterative procedure that self-consistently couples a Monte Carlo electronic trajectory simulation with a fast Fourier series solution of the heat diffusion equation. Results presented in this paper are obtained from the simulation of In0.15Ga0.85As/Al0.28Ga0.72As HEMTs. The negative differential output conductance (thermal droop) is observed in the electrothermal Ids-Vds characteristics of the simulated devices. Temperature profiles across the simulated region corresponding to different heat generation distributions are shown to be nonuniform with peak temperature and temperature range values dependent upon the device bias. The microscopic details of charge transport are studied, and the relationship between the thermal droop and the microscopic velocity properties is analyzed. The reduction in the length of the semiconductor die is shown to affect the peak temperature values without significantly altering the temperature range. The distribution of heat generation across the devices is simulated using a microscopic level count of phonon emission and absorption events and compared with that obtained using the current density-electric field (J·E) dot product. The J·E calculation was found to overestimate the local heat generation in the most electrically active regions of the device.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1768-1774
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Electron Devices
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2006


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