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Portrait of Erik Lind; Photo: Kennet Ruona

Erik Lind

Professor, Coordinator Nanoelectronics & Nanophotonics

Portrait of Erik Lind; Photo: Kennet Ruona

Nanoelectronic pulse generators based on gated resonant tunnelling diodes

Author

  • Lars-Erik Wernersson
  • Peter Lindström
  • André Nauen
  • Erik Lind

Summary, in English

We study the operation of a gated resonant tunnel diode placed in an oscillator tank circuit for application as a pulse generator. The gated diode is realized by a metal gate placed 30nm away from a resonant tunnelling double barrier heterostructure, where the gate is used to control the current of the tunnelling diode. A large signal model is developed for the gated resonant tunnelling diode and we use this model to study the operation of the pulsed oscillator. It is demonstrated that the gate can be used to switch the oscillations on and off and to tune the oscillation frequency via changes in the internal capacitances in the gated diode. A modulation in the oscillation frequency of 7.6 GHz around 220 GHz is obtained for a change in the gate bias from 0.2 to -0.6 V. Short pulses applied to the gate results in only four periods of oscillation with a broad power spectrum.

Department/s

  • Solid State Physics
  • Department of Electrical and Information Technology

Publishing year

2004

Language

English

Pages

431-437

Publication/Series

International Journal of Circuit Theory and Applications

Volume

32

Issue

5

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

John Wiley and Sons

Topic

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering

Keywords

  • oscillator
  • resonant tunnelling diode
  • resonant tunnelling transistor
  • voltage-controlled oscillator

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1097-007X