Title: Fast turn-off of 2-terminal double-heterojunction optical thyristors
Authors: Heremans, Pl
Kuijk, M
Borghs, Gustaaf
Suda, Da
Hayes, Re
Vounckx, R #
Issue Date: Sep-1992
Publisher: Amer inst physics
Series Title: Applied Physics Letters vol:61 issue:11 pages:1326-1328
Abstract: A double-heterojunction optical thyristor is presented, that can be turned off in a few nanoseconds simply by using the anode to a negative voltage exceeding a certain threshold. Previously, nanosecond-range turn-off could only be achieved by carrier extraction via contacts to either or both of the center two thyristor layers. Our tum-off method uses a PnpN layer structure for which punch-through of the n-layer under reverse bias of the P-n diode can be reached before this diode breaks down. We thus achieve an improvement in tum-off time by about 3 orders of magnitude over traditional two-terminal thyristors.
ISSN: 0003-6951
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Physics and Astronomy - miscellaneous
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