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VLSI Design
Volume 15 (2002), Issue 4, Pages 743-750

Particle-based Full-band Approach for Fast Simulation of Charge Transport in Si, GaAs, and InP

1Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, 3301 South Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60616-3793, USA
2Agere Systems, Allentown, PA, USA
3Department of Electrical Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

Received 1 May 2001; Revised 1 April 2002

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We discuss the application of the fullband cellular automaton (CA) method for the simulation of charge transport in several semiconductors. Basing the selection of the state after scattering on simple look-up tables, the approach is physically equivalent to the full band Monte Carlo (MC) approach but is much faster. Furthermore, the structure of the pre-tabulated transition probabilities naturally allows for an extension of the model to fully anisotropic scattering without additional computational burden. Simulation results of transport of electrons and holes in several materials are discussed, with particular emphasis on the transient response of photo-generated carriers in InP and GaAs. Finally, a discussion on parallel algorithms is presented, for the implementation of the code on workstation clusters.