Characterization and Modeling of a GaAsSb/InGaAs Backward Diode on the Basis of S-Parameter Measurement Up to 67 GHz

Shinpei YAMASHITA  Michihiko SUHARA  Kenichi KAWAGUCHI  Tsuyoshi TAKAHASHI  Masaru SATO  Naoya OKAMOTO  Kiyoto ASAKAWA  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E102-C   No.6   pp.462-465
Publication Date: 2019/06/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
DOI: 10.1587/transele.2018FUS0006
Type of Manuscript: BRIEF PAPER
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Keyword: 
backward diodes,  GaAsSb/InGaAs,  equivalent circuit,  voltage sensitivity,  

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Summary: 
We fabricate and characterize a GaAsSb/InGaAs backward diode (BWD) toward a realization of high sensitivity zero bias microwave rectification for RF wave energy harvest. Lattice-matched p-GaAsSb/n-InGaAs BWDs were fabricated and their current-voltage (I-V) characteristics and S-parameters up to 67 GHz were measured with respect to several sorts of mesa diameters in μm order. Our theoretical model and analysis are well fitted to the measured I-Vs on the basis of WKB approximation of the transmittance. It is confirmed that the interband tunneling due to the heterojunction is a dominant transport mechanism to exhibit the nonlinear I-V around zero bias regime unlike recombination or diffusion current components on p-n junction contribute in large current regime. An equivalent circuit model of the BWD is clarified by confirming theoretical fitting for frequency dependent admittance up to 67 GHz. From the circuit model, eliminating the parasitic inductance component, the frequency dependence of voltage sensitivity of the BWD rectifier is derived with respect to several size of mesa diameter. It quantitatively suggests an effectiveness of mesa size reduction to enhance the intrinsic matched voltage sensitivity with increasing junction resistance and keeping the magnitude of I-V curvature coefficient.