A new physical insight of RESURF effects based on gradual charge appointment concept for Bulk Silicon Lateral Power Devices

Research paper by Jun Zhang, Yu-Feng Guo, Yabin Sun, Kemeng Yang, Hong Lin, Xiaojuan Xia, Changchun Zhang

Indexed on: 14 Mar '16Published on: 12 Feb '16Published in: Superlattices and Microstructures


A novel gradual charge appointment concept is proposed to provide a clear physical insight of RESURF effects in bulk silicon lateral power devices. Due to the expandable substrate depletion region in silicon power device, the Linearly Graded Approximation is unable to fully describe the 2-D coupling effects between vertical and lateral junction. In this paper, by defining a charge appointment line, the lateral abrupt junction behaves as an effective gradual junction, thus resulting in the wider depletion layer, lower field peak and higher breakdown voltage. Based on the hypothesis, a simple 1-D model is proposed to quantify the breakdown voltage of the bulk silicon RESURF device and formulize the surface electric field. To our knowledge, the proposed model is the first 1-D model for bulk silicon RESURF device which can accurately describe the surface field profiles under various applied voltages and structure parameters. Furthermore, we provide a new RESURF criterion to explore the sensitivity of the breakdown voltage to structure parameters. Fair agreements among the analytical, numerical and experimental results verify the availability of the proposed concept and model.

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