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Master of Science


Department of Engineering Physics

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T. E. Luke, PhD


A mathematical model of the influence on electric field screening arising from a single impurity in a wide bandgap semiconductor has been numerically investigated and compared with analytically derived solutions. The parameter set chosen to perform the comparison of analytical solution and numerical solution is based upon a bismuth silicate crystal. Both the analytical calculations and the numerical calculations are an attempt to mathematically model the internal electric field within a semiconductor. Two types of impurities were looked at: a single donor level and a single trap impurity level. In general, after an abrupt application of a voltage across the semiconductor, net charge regions begin to redistribute and create internal electric fields that screen the applied field. A trap impurity is found to be more self-consistent with the analytical solutions than a donor impurity; the former satisfying the assumption of a constant free electron lifetime. The analytical solutions are valid for observation times much less than the Maxwellian relaxation time τM:t ≪ τM;. The analytical solution properly predicts stratification conditions when the observation time is prior to τM; however, oscillatory behavior, characteristic of stratification, of the internal electric field occurs for times much greater than τM. During this regime the analytical solutions are invalid.

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