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Power Semiconductors

1st Edition

Edited by Stefan Linder

EPFL Press

300 pages

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Explaining the physics and characteristics of power semiconductor devices, this book presents an overview of various classes of power semiconductors. It provides insight into how they work and the characteristics of the various components from the viewpoint of the user, going through all modern power semiconductor device types. The physics are explained in reasonable detail, providing the precise amount of information needed to fully understand the component's behavior in the application. Exploring the specific strengths and weaknesses of each device type, the book demonstrates how these devices fit into the system and how they will behave there.

Table of Contents

FUNDAMENTALS OF SEMICONDUCTOR PHYSICS

Fundamentals

Charge Transport

Carrier Injection

Generation and Recombination of Charge Carriers

The Continuity Equation

The Poisson Equation

High Field Effects

THE P-N JUNCTION

The Built-in Voltage of a p-n Junction

The Depletion Region (Space-Charge Region)

The Current/Voltage Characteristics of the p-n junction

The Emitter Efficiency

The Real p-n Junction

THE PIN-DIODE

Conducting state of the pin-diode

The Dynamic Behavior of the pin-Diode

The Design of modern pin-Diodes

THE BIPOLAR TRANSISTOR

The Structure of the Bipolar Transistor

The Current Amplification of the BJT

Current (Injection-) breakdown of the Bipolar Transistor

Voltage drop in the On-state

Base push-out ("Kirk"-Effect)

Second Breakdown

THE THYRISTOR

Function of the thyristor

The trigger condition

Static current-voltage characteristics

Transistor operation (stable forward blocking and metastable)

Latched State of the thyristor

The Thyristor in the Reverse Blocking Mode

Turn-on behavior

Turn-off Behavior

THE GTO AND GCT 163

The GTO

The GCT (Gate Commutated Thyristor)

THE POWER MOSFET

How the MOSFET functions

The Structure of the Power MOSFET

The Switching Behavior of the power MOSFET

Short-circuit Behavior

The Anti-parallel Diode

THE IGBT 233

Construction and Functional Description of the IGBT

The Current/Voltage Characteristics of the IGBT

The Switching Behavior of the IGBT

Ruggedness of the IGBT

Methods to Improve the IGBT Technology Curve

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TEC007000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electrical
TEC008000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electronics / General
TEC008010
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electronics / Circuits / General