A study of the applicability of gallium arsenide and silicon carbide as aerospace sensor materials
- Hurley, John S.
- Sep 1, 1990.
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- Most of the piezoresistive sensors, to date, are made of silicon and germanium. Unfortunately, such materials are severly restricted in high temperature environments. By comparing the effects of temperature on the impurity concentrations and piezoresistive coefficients of silicon, gallium arsenide, and silicon carbide, it is being determined if gallium arsenide and silicon carbide are better suited materials for piezoresistive sensors in high temperature environments. The results show that the melting point for gallium arsenide prevents it from solely being used in high temperature situations, however, when used in the alloy Al(x)Ga(1-x)As, not only the advantage of the wider energy band gas is obtained, but also the higher desire melting temperature. Silicon carbide, with its wide energy band gap and higher melting temperature suggests promise as a high temperature piezoresistive sensor.
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- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19910004007.
Accession ID: 91N13320.
NASA/American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Summer Faculty Fellowship Program, 1990; NASA(American Societ.
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