1st Edition

Gallium Nitride (GaN) Physics, Devices, and Technology

Edited By Farid Medjdoub Copyright 2016
    388 Pages
    by CRC Press

    388 Pages 198 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Addresses a Growing Need for High-Power and High-Frequency Transistors

    Gallium Nitride (GaN): Physics, Devices, and Technology offers a balanced perspective on the state of the art in gallium nitride technology. A semiconductor commonly used in bright light-emitting diodes, GaN can serve as a great alternative to existing devices used in microelectronics. It has a wide band gap and high electron mobility that gives it special properties for applications in optoelectronic, high-power, and high-frequency devices, and because of its high off-state breakdown strength combined with excellent on-state channel conductivity, GaN is an ideal candidate for switching power transistors.

    Explores Recent Progress in High-Frequency GaN Technology

    Written by a panel of academic and industry experts from around the globe, this book reviews the advantages of GaN-based material systems suitable for high-frequency, high-power applications. It provides an overview of the semiconductor environment, outlines the fundamental device physics of GaN, and describes GaN materials and device structures that are needed for the next stage of microelectronics and optoelectronics. The book details the development of radio frequency (RF) semiconductor devices and circuits, considers the current challenges that the industry now faces, and examines future trends.

    In addition, the authors:

    • Propose a design in which multiple LED stacks can be connected in a series using interband tunnel junction (TJ) interconnects
    • Examine GaN technology while in its early stages of high-volume deployment in commercial and military products
    • Consider the potential use of both sunlight and hydrogen as promising and prominent energy sources for this technology
    • Introduce two unique methods, PEC oxidation and vapor cooling condensation methods, for the deposition of high-quality oxide layers

    A single-source reference for students and professionals, Gallium Nitride (GaN): Physics, Devices, and Technology provides an overall assessment of the semiconductor environment, discusses the potential use of GaN-based technology for RF semiconductor devices, and highlights the current and emerging applications of GaN.

    GaN High-Voltage Power Devices
    Joachim Würfl
    AlGaN/GaN High-Electron-Mobility Transistors Grown by Ammonia Source Molecular Beam Epitaxy
    Yvon Cordier
    Gallium Nitride Transistors on Large-Diameter Si (111) Substrate
    Subramaniam Arulkumaran and Geok Ing Ng
    GaN-HEMT Scaling Technologies for High-Frequency RF and Mixed Signal Applications
    Keisuke Shinohara
    Group III–Nitride Microwave Monolithically Integrated Circuits
    Rüdiger Quay
    GaN-Based Metal/Insulator/Semiconductor-Type Schottky Hydrogen Sensors
    Ching-Ting Lee, Hsin-Ying Lee and Li-Ren Lou
    InGaN-Based Solar Cells
    Ezgi Dogmus and Farid Medjdoub
    III-Nitride Semiconductors: New Infrared Intersubband Technologies
    M Beeler and E Monroy
    Gallium Nitride–Based Interband Tunnel Junctions
    Siddharth Rajan, Sriram Krishnamoorthy and Fatih Akyol
    Trapping and Degradation Mechanisms in GaN-Based HEMTs
    Matteo Meneghini, Gaudenzio Meneghesso and Enrico Zanoni


    Farid Medjdoub is a CNRS senior scientist at IEMN in France. He earned his Ph.D in electrical engineering from the University of Lille in 2004, and worked as a research associate at the University of Ulm in Germany before joining IMEC. Medjdoub’s research interests include the design, fabrication, and characterization of innovative GaN-based devices. He is the author and co-author of more than 100 articles, and holds several patents deriving from his research. In addition, he serves as a reviewer for IEEE journals, is a TPC member in several conferences, and is part of the French observatory of wide-bandgap devices.

    Krzysztof (Kris) Iniewski manages R&D at Redlen Technologies, Inc., Vancouver, Canada. He is also the president of CMOS Emerging Technologies Research, Inc. (www.cmosetr.com). Iniewski has held numerous faculty and management positions at the University of Toronto, University of Alberta, SFU, and PMC-Sierra, Inc. He has written and edited several books for numerous publications including CRC Press, published more than 100 articles in international journals and conferences, and holds numerous international patents. He is also a frequent invited speaker and has consulted for multiple organizations internationally. His personal goal is to contribute to healthy living and sustainability through innovative engineering solutions.