Novel Infra-Red (IR) Thermal Measurement on GaAs Micro-Coolers

Glover, J., Hopper, R., Maricar, M., Khalid, A. , Cumming, D. , Montes, M., Kuball, M., Dunn, G., Stephen, A. and Oxley, C. (2012) Novel Infra-Red (IR) Thermal Measurement on GaAs Micro-Coolers. In: ARMMS: RF and Microwave Society Conference, Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire, UK, 19-20 Nov 2012,

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Electronic devices are shrinking in size and new materials, for example gallium nitride (GaN) are being introduced, resulting in higher dissipated power densities. Therefore, new and novel technologies are required to remove the heat and to thermally characterise the devices. A particular example of a device that will require these thermal management technologies is the gallium arsenide (GaAs) planar Gunn diode which is being developed for millimetre-wave and terahertz (THz) frequencies, and in which the dissipated power density will be very high (approximately 106 W/cm2). This paper will review preliminary thermal and electrical characterisation of a GaAs electro-thermal micro-cooler with the aim of its integration with the planar Gunn diodes, thus increasing the efficiency of the latter. The thermal characterisation of these electro-thermo coolers brings its own set of unique measurement problems. A comparative temperature measurement has been developed using infra-red (IR) thermal microscopy and novel micro-particle sensors. The measurement technique will be described in detail and preliminary measurements on simple superlattice electro-thermal GaAs micro-coolers will be presented.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cumming, Professor David and Khalid, Dr Ata-Ul-Habib
Authors: Glover, J., Hopper, R., Maricar, M., Khalid, A., Cumming, D., Montes, M., Kuball, M., Dunn, G., Stephen, A., and Oxley, C.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
497131Novel Thermal Management Concepts: High Power High Frequency Planar Gunn DiodeDavid CummingEngineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/H011862/1ENG - ENGINEERING ELECTRONICS & NANO ENG