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Title: Modelling of low power cw laser beam heating effects on a GaAs substrate
Authors: Abbott, D
Davis, B
Gonzalez, B 
Hernández Ballester, Antonio 
Eshraghian, K
UNESCO Clasification: 3307 Tecnología electrónica
Keywords: GaAs devices
laser beam
power dissipation
substrate temperature
Issue Date: 1998
Publisher: 0038-1101
Journal: Solid-State Electronics 
Abstract: A scanning laser beam is a common method used to characterise the optical response of GaAs devices. Laser heating of the substrate, however, can alter the local temperature and hence spuriously shift the values of the electrical parameters of interest. In order to assess the magnitude of this problem, we have solved the steady-state heat equation, with the aid of Kirchhoffs transformation. We show for practical dimensions, that correct temperature prediction does not depend on the lateral boundary conditions. We find that the variable that is most tightly coupled to any temperature increase is the power of the laser beam. Usual approximations for the power dissipation density, in the substrate, were found inadequate. A more complete model that considers power dissipation as an exponential function of substrate depth was found to be necessary. We conclude that for low power applications, i.e. using lasers less than 1 mW, heating effects can be considered negligible. For higher powers our results offer worst-case predictions of the local substrate temperature rise. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 0038-1101
DOI: 10.1016/S0038-1101(97)00284-0
Source: Solid-State Electronics[ISSN 0038-1101],v. 42 (5), p. 809-816
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