Electrothermal Monte Carlo simulation of submicrometer Si/SiGe MODFETs

Toufik Sadi, Robert W. Kelsall, Neil J. Pilgrim

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In this paper, we present results from the simulation of submicrometer Si/SiGe modulation-doped field-effect transistors (MODFETs) using an electrothermal Monte Carlo method. The relationships between the thermal droop effect observed in the electrothermal I-d-V-ds characteristics of the devices and the microscopic properties of electron transport and the temperature profiles are studied. The effects of varying the effective semiconductor die dimensions and the thickness of the SiGe buffers on the electrothermal behavior of the devices are also investigated. A comparison of the electrothermal performance of the simulated Si/SiGe MODFET with that of a GaAs-based HEMT is also carried out.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)332-339
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Electron Devices
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007


  • device simulations
  • electrothermal
  • Monte Carlo (MC)
  • self-heating
  • Si/SiGe modulation-doped field-effect transistors (MODFETs)
  • field-effect transistors
  • modulation-doped heterostructures
  • electron-transport
  • SI/SI1-XGEX heterostructures
  • mobility
  • circuits
  • sige


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