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Published December 1971 | public
Journal Article

Power Schottky diode design and comparison with the junction diode


Because the Schottky diode is a one-carrier device, it has both advantages and disadvantages with respect to the junction diode which is a two-carrier device. The advantage is that there are practically no excess minority carriers which must be swept out before the diode blocks current in the reverse direction. The disadvantage of the Schottky diode is that for a high voltage device it is not possible to use conductivity modulation as in the pin diode; since charge carriers are of one sign, no charge cancellation can occur and current becomes space charge limited. The Schottky diode design is developed in Section 2 and the characteristics of an optimally designed silicon Schottky diode are summarized in Fig. 9. Design criteria and quantitative comparison of junction and Schottky diodes is given in Table 1 and Fig. 10. Although somewhat approximate, the treatment allows a systematic quantitative comparison of the devices for any given application.

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© 1971 Pergamon Press. Received 7 April 1971; in revised form 19 May 1971.

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