WIAS Preprint No. 1258, (2007)

Existence of bounded discrete steady state solutions of the van Roosbroeck system on boundary conforming Delaunay grids


  • Gärtner, Klaus

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 65M12 35K65


  • Reaction-diffusion systems, discrete bounded solutions, Delaunay grids, discrete weak maximum principle




The classic van Roosbroeck system describes the carrier transport in semiconductors in a drift diffusion approximation. Its analytic steady state solutions fulfill bounds for some mobility and recombination/generation models. The main goal of this paper is to establish the identical bounds for discrete in space, steady state solutions on 3d boundary conforming Delaunay grids and the classical Scharfetter-Gummel-scheme. Together with a uniqueness proof for small applied voltages and the known dissipativity (continuous as well as space and time discrete) these discretization techniques carry over the essential analytic properties to the discrete case. The proofs are of interest for deriving averaging schemes for space or state dependent material parameters, which are preserving these qualitative properties, too. To illustrate the properties of the scheme 1, 4, 16 elementary cells of a modified CoolMOS like structure are depleted by increasing the applied voltage until steady state avalanche breakdown occurs.

Appeared in

  • SIAM J. Sci. Comput., 31 (2009) pp. 1347--1362.

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