Heterostructure p-n junction tunnel diodes with high peak to valley ratios (12: 1) at room temperature are demonstrated. The variation of peak and valley currents in diodes with different tunnel barriers is described, and the mechanisms responsible for the valley current and its temperature dependence are proposed. Ways to improve the peak to valley ratio and reduce junction capacitance are discussed.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)