Ultrafast pulse generation in photoconductive switches

Ulrich Dieter Felix Keil, D. R. Dykaar

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    Carrier and field dynamics in photoconductive switches are investigated by electrooptic sampling and voltage-dependent reflectivity measurements. We show that the nonuniform field distribution due to the two-dimensional nature of coplanar photoconductive switches, in combination with the large difference in the mobilities of holes and electrons, determine the pronounced polarity dependence. Our measurements indicate that the pulse generation mechanism is a rapid voltage breakdown across the photoconductive switch and not a local field breakdown
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalI E E E Journal of Quantum Electronics
    Pages (from-to)1664-1671
    Publication statusPublished - 1996

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