Observation of avalanche propagation by multiplication assisted diffusion in p-n junctions

@inproceedings{Lacaita1990ObservationOA,
  title={Observation of avalanche propagation by multiplication assisted diffusion in p-n junctions},
  author={Andrea L. Lacaita and Marco Mastrapasqua and Massimo Ghioni and Stefano Vanoli},
  year={1990}
}
We have investigated for the first time the propagation of the avalanche multiplication over the area of p-n junctions reverse biased above the breakdown voltage. The muitiplication process spreads from the point where the avalanche is triggered toihe whole junction area with a speed proportional to the final steady-state value ofthe avalanche current. The values of the propagation speed suggest that the phenomenon is due to diffusion of carriers assisted by avalanche multiplication. This… CONTINUE READING

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