Chapter 3: Glossary


Applied bias

Voltage applied to the structure

Flatband diagram

Energy band diagram of a M-S junction containing no net charge

Richardson constant

Material constant which affects the thermionic emission current in a metal-semiconductor junction

Richardson velocity

Average thermal velocity of carriers moving in a specific direction

Schottky barrier

Barrier between a metal and semiconductor as seen by an electron or hole at the Fermi energy in the metal

Schottky barrier lowering

Lowering of the Schottky barrier height due to image forces (only used in current calculations)