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Active and Passive Electronic Components
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 276145, 7 pages
Research Article

Modeling of Current-Voltage Characteristics of the Photoactivated Device Based on SOI Technology

Faculty of Engineering, Bar Ilan University, 52900 Ramat Gan, Israel

Received 31 July 2011; Revised 14 November 2011; Accepted 1 December 2011

Academic Editor: Abdelkarim Mercha

Copyright © 2012 Doron Abraham et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


An analytical model of the silicon on insulator photoactivated modulator (SOI-PAM) device is presented in order to describe the concept of this novel device in which the information is electronic while the modulation command is optical. The model, relying on the classic Shockley’s analysis, is simple and useful for analyzing and synthesizing the voltage-current relations of the device at low drain voltage. Analytical expressions were derived for the output current as function of the input drain and gate voltages with a parameterization of the physical values such as the doping concentrations, channel and oxide thicknesses, and the optical control energy. A prototype SOI-PAM device having an area of 4 μm × 3 μm with known parameters is used to experimentally validate and support the model. Finally, the model allows the understanding of the physical mechanisms inside the device for both dark and under illumination conditions, and it will be used to optimize and to find the performance limits of the device.