The high-field transport of electrons in β-SiC is investigated by use of an ensemble Monte Carlo technique. We consider scattering by acoustic deformation potential, polar optical phonon, two different equivalent intervalley phonons (one first-order and one zero-order interaction), impurity scattering and impact ionization. The intervalley coupling constants and deformation potential constant are estimated by fitting the ohmic mobility to the measured experimental values over the temperature range 50-1000 K. Polar runaway occurs above 5 × 105 V/cm. The distribution can be partially stabilized by impact ionization processes, but the runaway is still observed. For a nonparabolic band model, the drift velocity has a gentle peak around 4 × 105 V/cm. The peak value is 1.9 × 107 cm/s, which is comparable to the experimental value observed in 6H-SiC (2.1 × 107 cm/s).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)466-470
Number of pages5
JournalPhysica B: Physics of Condensed Matter
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Apr 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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