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Volume 15 (2002), Issue 4, Pages 721-728

A Comparison of Modern Hyperbolic Methods for Semiconductor Device Simulation: NTK Central Scheme Vs. CLAWPACK

Department of Mathematics, Arizona State University, Tempe 85287-1804, AZ, USA

Received 1 May 2001; Revised 1 April 2002

Copyright © 2002 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. 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.


Two modern hyperbolic methods—a second-order Godunov method in the software package CLAWPACK and the second-order Nessyahu–Tadmor–Kurganov (NTK) central scheme—are compared for simulating an electron shock wave in the classical hydrodynamic model for semiconductor devices.

The NTK central scheme, which does not employ Riemann problem solutions, is described in detail. Special attention is paid in both methods to handling the source terms in the hydrodynamic model. CLAWPACK incorporates the source terms by a splitting method, while our version of the NTK scheme is unsplit.