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Performance investigation of bulk photoconductive semiconductor switch based on reversely biased p+in+ structure

Hu, L.; Xu, M.; Li, X.; Wang, Y.; Wang, Y.; Dong, H.; Schneider, H.

We present an investigation of a low-energy-triggered bulk gallium arsenide (GaAs) photoconductive semiconductor switch (PCSS) that is characterized by powerful avalanche domains. The performance of the switch is investigated using a reversely biased p⁺-i-n⁺ structure with 0.625-mm thickness, and the 8.0-kV, 170-ps bulk PCSS that is triggered by a 905-nm laser at the energy of 5.7 nJ is achieved. In the low-energy-triggered mode, it is found experimentally that the reduction of required energy for switching operation is not always kept by the continuous increase of the bias field in the bulk PCSS due to Franz–Keldysh effect. We also analyze the triggering efficiency depending on the laser wavelength numerically, and results indicate that the earlier formation of the powerful avalanche domains is realized by the increased wavelength, which causes lower laser energy for switching operation. Moreover, the prestudy of high-power microwave (HPM) applications is also introduced utilizing bulk PCSS, and we constructed the basic units for ultrawide-band (UWB) pulse and HPM-driven pulse.

Keywords: photoconductive semiconductor switch; avalanche domain; GaAs

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