Avalanche breakdown as a nonlinear wave

Masahiro Agu, Tetsuo Kinoshita

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It is shown without assuming the special form of the ionization rate that the breakdown process of an avalanche diode propagates as a nonlinear wave with the wave velocity exceeding the carrier velocity under the boundary condition of a constant external current. A new nonlinear LC transmission line is constructed from the equivalent circuit representation of the avalanche breakdown. It is found from computer simulations that solitary waves propagate along the nonlinear transmission line showing soliton-like nature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)835-839
Number of pages5
JournalJapanese journal of applied physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1977 May
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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