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Title: Rejuvenation of degraded Zener diodes with the electron wind force

In this study, we explore the rejuvenation of a Zener diode degraded by high electrical stress, leading to a leftward shift, and broadening of the Zener breakdown voltage knee, alongside a 57% reduction in forward current. We employed a non-thermal annealing method involving high-density electric pulses with short pulse width and low frequency. The annealing process took <30 s at near-ambient temperature. Raman spectroscopy supports the electrical characterization, showing enhancement in crystallinity to explain the restoration of the breakdown knee followed by improvement in forward current by ∼85%.

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DOI PREFIX: 10.35848
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Applied Physics Express
Medium: X Size: Article No. 047001
Article No. 047001
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National Science Foundation
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