This brief aims to show the effects of threading edge dislocations on the dc and RF performance of GaN highelectron mobility transistor (HEMT) devices. A state-of-the-art high-frequency and high-power HEMT was investigated with our full-band cellular Monte Carlo (CMC) simulator, which includes the full details of the band structure and the phonon spectra. A complete characterization of the device has been performed using experimental data to calibrate the few adjustable parameters of the simulator. Thermal simulations were also carried out with commercial software in order to operate the corrections needed to model thermal effects. The approach of Weimann based on the results of Read, Bonch-Bruevich and Glasko, and Pödör was then used to model with our CMC code the dislocation effects on the transport properties of HEMT devices. Our simulations indicate that GaN HEMT performance exhibits a fairly large dependence on the density of thread dislocation defects. Furthermore, we show that a threshold concentration exists, above which a complete degradation of the device operation occurs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5339189
Pages (from-to)353-360
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Electron Devices
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010


  • Dislocations
  • GaN
  • High-electron mobility transistor (HEMT)
  • High-frequency
  • Monte Carlo
  • Numerical simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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