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Multicarrier conduction and Boltzmann transport analysis of heavy hole mobility in HgCdTe near room temperature

Murthy, Oruganty VSN and Venkataraman, V and Sharma, RK and Vurgaftman, I and Meyer, JR (2009) Multicarrier conduction and Boltzmann transport analysis of heavy hole mobility in HgCdTe near room temperature. In: Journal of applied physics, 106 (11).

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Magnetotransport measurements in pulsed fields up to 15 T have been performed on mercury cadmium telluride (Hg1-xCdxTe, x similar to 0.2) bulk as well as liquid phase epitaxially grown samples to obtain the resistivity and conductivity tensors in the temperature range 220-300 K. Mobilities and densities of various carriers participating in conduction have been extracted using both conventional multicarrier fitting (MCF) and mobility spectrum analysis. The fits to experimental data, particularly at the highest magnetic fields, were substantially improved when MCF is applied to minimize errors simultaneously on both resistivity and conductivity tensors. The semiclassical Boltzmann transport equation has been solved without using adjustable parameters by incorporating the following scattering mechanisms to fit the mobility: ionized impurity, polar and nonpolar optical phonons, acoustic deformation potential, and alloy disorder. Compared to previous estimates based on the relaxation time approximation with outscattering only, polar optical scattering and ionized impurity scattering limited mobilities are shown to be larger due to the correct incorporation of the inscattering term taking into account the overlap integrals in the valence band.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to American Institute of Physics.
Keywords: Boltzmann equation; electrical conductivity; electrical resistivity; galvanomagnetic effects; hole mobility; II-VI semiconductors; impurity scattering; mercury compounds; phonons; semiconductor growth; valence bands
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Id for Latest eprints
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2010 09:16
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:54
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/25373

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