Characterization of Single Barrier Microrefrigerators at Cryogenic Temperatures
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Characterization of Single Barrier Microrefrigerators at Cryogenic Temperatures


The experimental characterization of single barrier heterostructure thermionic cooling devices at cryogenic temperatures is reported. The device studied was a cylindrical InGaAs microrefrigerator, in which the active layer was a 1 μm thick In0.527Al0.218Ga0.255As heterostructure barrier with n-type doping concentration of 6.68 × 1016 cm−3 and an In0.53Ga0.47As emitter/collector of 5 × 1018 cm−3 n-doping. A full field thermoreflectance imaging technique was used to measure the distribution of temperature change on the device’s top surface when different current excitation values were applied. By reversing the current direction, we studied the device’s behavior in both cooling and heating regimes. At an ambient temperature of 100 K, a maximum cooling of 0.6 K was measured. This value was approximately one-third of the measured maximum cooling value at room temperature (1.8 K). The paper describes the device’s structure and the first reported thermal imaging at cryogenic temperatures using the thermoreflectance technique.

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