Characterization and application of four-layer semiconductor structures in pulse mode operation
Matos, Antonio P.
Luscombe, James H.
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The characteristics and application of a thyristor (a four-layer semiconductor structure) in a pulse generating circuit are explored. A thyristor device was used to create a pulse generating circuit and the pulse interval duration of this circuit was experimentally measured. The pulse interval duration was determined to be characterized by a Poisson Point Process distribution that is dependent on both temperature and applied voltage bias. The adjustable aperiodicity of the pulse intervals was a key characteristic used to design a distributed processing system of micro-robots that are capable of swarming. A micro-robotic swarm platform was simulated using finite element analysis, a JAVA-based swarm model, and three fully operational macro-scale platforms.
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