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Pulsed I-V and RF characterization and modeling of AIGaN HEMTs and Graphene FETs

Abstract : The aim of this work is to assess the potentialities of Graphene Field Effect Transistors (G-FET) as well as to put in evidence dispersive effects of AlGaN/GaN High Electron Mobility Transistors (HEMTs). The main experimental results of this study have been obtained through the development of an advanced characterization set-up. The main objective for characterization of AlGaN/GaN HEMTs was to develop innovative characterization techniques such as very short pulses and electrical history measurements. Dedicated time-domain pulsed I-V measurements have been performed in order to characterize and model the time dependent trapping phenomena in such devices. The current collapse (Kink effect) and drain lag are directly related to quiescent and instantaneous bias points as well as thermal effects which play a prominent role. This method provides an efficient way to assess the different thermal and trapping time constants for the nonlinear modeling. The second aspect of this research work was the characterization of several graphene-based devices in order to assess the potentialities of such transistors and to derive a nonlinear device model. DC and high frequency characterization were performed. Specific test structures fabricated for accurate de-embedding at high frequencies along with the nonlinear model extraction were detailed in this work. This electrical model consistency has been checked through the comparison of measured and simulated multi-bias S-parameters. For this new material with outstanding electrical properties and promising capabilities, material and technological process are still subject to intensive research activities to improve high frequency graphene FET performances.
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Poornakarthik Nakkala. Pulsed I-V and RF characterization and modeling of AIGaN HEMTs and Graphene FETs. Electronics. Université de Limoges, 2015. English. ⟨NNT : 2015LIMO0028⟩. ⟨tel-01175525⟩

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