This paper introduces an improved nonintrusive near-field technique for in situ characterization of distributed effects in GaN high-power transistors. Compared with previous passive probing approaches which sense electric fields induced by drain bondwires, the proposed method employs the position-signal difference method to measure the E-field fluctuations induced by transistor fingers. This allows a robust and detailed identification of in-circuit electrical quantities, such as voltages, currents, loading impedance, and output power, spatially distributed over individual transistor cells and fingers. The E-fields needed for determining the distributed phenomena have been measured in situ above the fingers of a 100-W GaN power transistor at fundamental and second-harmonic frequencies, while the device operates under realistic loading conditions. The deduced in-circuit quantities are compared with their counterparts from an independently developed distributed in-house model of the same device for validation. The practical value of the proposed method is further demonstrated by uniquely identifying device damage at the finger level (enforced by laser cutting).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4048-4062
Number of pages15
JournalIEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016

    Research areas

  • near-field measurement, Device characterization, gallium nitride (GaN), h electron-mobility transistor (HEMT)

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