The Electron Energy Spectrum and Thermionic Device Efficiency

Abstract

The influence of the electron energy spectrum of solid-state thermionic devices on electronic efficiency is analyzed. Calculations are performed on both single and multibarrier GaAs/AlGaAs and InGaAs/InAlAs systems. Analysis reveals a wide barrier is desirable for single-barrier thermionic devices due to the associated sharpness in the electron energy… (More)

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