Accession Number : ADD016449

Title :   Process of Making a Bistable Photoconductive Component.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application, filed 5 Apr 94,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Rousch, Randy ; Mazzola, Michael S ; Stoudt, David C

Report Date : 05 Apr 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 18

Abstract : Semi-insulating gallium arsenide wafers manufactured with varying silicon density shallow donors are copper compensated by heating to temperature of at least 550 deg C to thermally diffuse the copper into the wafers and thereby provide deep copper acceptors in the wafer. Higher annealing temperatures are employed for higher concentrations of silicon in the wafers and the thermal diffusion is accomplished in the presence of copper, and in some instances, in the presence of varying quantities of arsenic. The copper compensated, silicon doped, gallium arsenide wafers obtained have the electrical property characteristic capability of being used as photoconductive switching components. In one aspect of the invention the silicon doped gallium arsenide wafer is sealed in a quartz ampoule in the presence of solid copper and solid arsenic and heated to the annealing temperature. In another aspect of the invention, the copper and arsenic are flowed as vapors over the silicon doped gallium arsenide wafer disposed in a reaction tube within a diffusion furnace, while the wafer is heated to the annealing temperature.

Descriptors :   *ANNEALING, *PATENT APPLICATIONS, *SEMICONDUCTORS, *PHOTOCONDUCTORS, ARSENIC, ARSENIDES, COPPER, DENSITY, ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES, FURNACES, GALLIUM ARSENIDES, HEATING, INVENTIONS, QUARTZ, SILICON, TEMPERATURE, THERMAL DIFFUSION, VAPORS, WAFERS, DOPING, FABRICATION, SWITCHING

Subject Categories : Electrical and Electronic Equipment
      Mfg & Industrial Eng & Control of Product Sys

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE