Using a model reduction method, a formula for the ideality factor of a pn junction as a function of the diffusion and generation terms of its reverse current is derived. Using this formula a method for separate computation of these two currents for a pn junction is presented. The validity of the method is investigated using computer simulations for an assumed diode with known ideality factor and total leakage current. Experimental results for two commercially available diodes validate the proposed technique.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Materials Chemistry