/Realization of novel vertical III-V devices for 6G front-end modules

Realization of novel vertical III-V devices for 6G front-end modules

PhD - Leuven | More than two weeks ago

Advance state-of-the-art in upper millimeter-wave semiconductor devices

Emerging communication standards such as 5G and 6G target bandwidths exceeding 10 Gbit/s and will revolutionize the fields of sensing, artificial intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), and remote healthcare among others. The ultra-high wireless data rates offered by these technologies require use of carrier frequencies in the upper millimeter-wave (100-300 GHz) range. This requirement increases the complexity and power consumption of these systems. Solid-state amplifiers based on semiconductor technologies have been one of the key building blocks of these systems. Among these, the power amplifier (PA) is the most power-hungry element. Unfortunately, the power efficiency of all the known technologies declines in above 100 GHz regimes. Theoretically, PAs based on compound semiconductors (e.g. GaAs, InP, and GaN) have shown to improve overall energy efficiency of the system when compared to that based on Si-CMOS. However, manufacturing these devices at mass-scale requires innovations on the materials as well as device side. For instance, integration of III-V semiconductors and devices on large-area silicon substrates is a viable path, which will be cost and environmentally friendly.

With this aim, at imec, we have been developing III-V devices on Si platform with innovative integration technologies. As a PhD researcher, you will be working on design and experimental realization of advanced vertical III-V devices targeting upper millimeter-wave applications. You will work at the intersection of material science, semiconductor physics, and circuit design acquiring unique skillset to make impact in this vibrant research field.

Required background: Ms in Electrical Engineering, Materials Engineering, or Physics

Type of work: 40% device fabrication, 20% device modeling, 30% device characterization, 10% literature

Supervisor: Piet Wambacq

Co-supervisor: Bertrand Parvais

Daily advisor: Sachin Yadav

The reference code for this position is 2022-044. Mention this reference code on your application form.