Journal of Applied Physics
A concept for a bulk semiconductor switch is presented, where the conductivity is increased and reduced, respectively, through illumination with light of different wavelengths. The increase in conductivity is accomplished by electron ionization from deep centers and generation of bound holes. The reduction of conductivity is obtained by hole ionization from the excited centers and subsequent recombination of free electrons and holes. The transient behavior of electron and hole density in a high power semiconductor (GaAs:Cu) switch is computed by means of a rate equation model. Changes in conductivity by five orders of magnitude can be obtained.
Original Publication Citation
Schoenbach, K. H., Lakdawala, V. K., Germer, R., & Ko, S. T. (1988). An optically controlled closing and opening semiconductor switch. Journal of Applied Physics, 63(7), 2460-2463. doi:10.1063/1.341022
Schoenbach, K. H.; Lakdawala, V. K.; Germer, R.; and Ko, S. T., "An Optically Controlled Closing and Opening Semiconductor Switch" (1988). Electrical & Computer Engineering Faculty Publications. 89.