Hole transport properties of bulk zinc-blende and wurtzite phases of GaN based on an ensemble Monte Carlo calculation including a full zone band structure

Ismail H. Oǧuzman, Ján Kolník, Kevin F. Brennan, Rongping Wang, Tzu Ning Fang, P P Ruden

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Abstract

In this paper, we present calculations of the hole transport properties of bulk zinc-blende and wurtzite phase GaN at field strengths at which impact ionization does not occur significantly. The calculations are made using an ensemble Monte Carlo simulator, including the full details of the band structure and a numerically determined phonon scattering rate based on an empirical pseudopotential method. Band intersection points - including band crossings and band mixings - are treated by carefully evaluating the overlap integral between the initial and possible final drift states. In this way, the hole trajectories in phase space can be accurately traced. It is found that the average hole energies are significantly lower than the corresponding electron energies for the field strengths examined. This result is most probably due to the drastic difference in curvature between the uppermost valence bands and the lowest conduction band. The relatively flat valence bands impede hole-heating, leading to low average hole energy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4429-4436
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume80
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 15 1996

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