First demonstration of l-band high-power limiter with gan schottky barrier diodes (Sbds) based on steep-mesa technology

Yue Sun, Xuanwu Kang, Shixiong Deng, Yingkui Zheng, Ke Wei, Linwang Xu, Hao Wu, Xinyu Liu

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Abstract

Gallium nitride (GaN) has attracted increased attention because of superior material properties, such as high electron saturation velocity and high electrical field strength, which are promising for high-power microwave applications. We report on a high-performance vertical GaN-based Schottky barrier diode (SBD) and its demonstration in a microwave power limiter for the first time. The fabricated SBD achieved a very low differential specific on-resistance (RON,sp) of 0.21 mΩ·cm2, attributed to the steep-mesa technology, which assists in reducing the spacing between the edge of the anode and cathode to 2 µm. Meanwhile, a low leakage current of ~10−9 A/cm2@−10 V, a high forward current density of 9.4 kA/cm2 at 3 V in DC, and an ideality factor of 1.04 were achieved. Scattering parameter measurements showed that the insertion loss (S21 ) was lower than −3 dB until 3 GHz. In addition, a microwave power limiter circuit with two anti-parallel diodes was built and measured on an alumina substrate. The input power level reached 40 dBm (10 watts) in continuous-wave mode at 2 GHz, with a corresponding leakage power of 27.2 dBm (0.5 watts) at the output port of the limiter, exhibiting the great potential of GaN SBD in microwave power limiters.

Original languageEnglish
Article number433
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalElectronics (Switzerland)
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • GaN SBD
  • High power
  • L band
  • Schottky diode limiter
  • Vertical

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