Nonlinear Characterization and Modelling of GaN HEMTs for Microwave Power Amplifier Applications

Niessen, Daniel (2013) Nonlinear Characterization and Modelling of GaN HEMTs for Microwave Power Amplifier Applications, [Dissertation thesis], Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. Dottorato di ricerca in Ingegneria elettronica, informatica e delle telecomunicazioni, 25 Ciclo. DOI 10.6092/unibo/amsdottorato/5774.
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Semiconductors technologies are rapidly evolving driven by the need for higher performance demanded by applications. Thanks to the numerous advantages that it offers, gallium nitride (GaN) is quickly becoming the technology of reference in the field of power amplification at high frequency. The RF power density of AlGaN/GaN HEMTs (High Electron Mobility Transistor) is an order of magnitude higher than the one of gallium arsenide (GaAs) transistors. The first demonstration of GaN devices dates back only to 1993. Although over the past few years some commercial products have started to be available, the development of a new technology is a long process. The technology of AlGaN/GaN HEMT is not yet fully mature, some issues related to dispersive phenomena and also to reliability are still present. Dispersive phenomena, also referred as long-term memory effects, have a detrimental impact on RF performances and are due both to the presence of traps in the device structure and to self-heating effects. A better understanding of these problems is needed to further improve the obtainable performances. Moreover, new models of devices that take into consideration these effects are necessary for accurate circuit designs. New characterization techniques are thus needed both to gain insight into these problems and improve the technology and to develop more accurate device models. This thesis presents the research conducted on the development of new charac- terization and modelling methodologies for GaN-based devices and on the use of this technology for high frequency power amplifier applications.

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Niessen, Daniel
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Scienze e ingegneria dell'informazione
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23 Maggio 2013

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