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Uniform convergence to equilibrium for a family of drift-diffusion models with trap-assisted recombination and self-consistent potential. (English) Zbl 1479.35859

Summary: We investigate a recombination-drift-diffusion model coupled to Poisson’s equation modelling the transport of charge within certain types of semiconductors. In more detail, we study a two-level system for electrons and holes endowed with an intermediate energy level for electrons occupying trapped states. As our main result, we establish an explicit functional inequality between relative entropy and entropy production, which leads to exponential convergence to equilibrium. We stress that our approach is applied uniformly in the lifetime of electrons on the trap level assuming that this lifetime is sufficiently small.

MSC:

35Q81 PDEs in connection with semiconductor devices
78A35 Motion of charged particles
35B40 Asymptotic behavior of solutions to PDEs
35K57 Reaction-diffusion equations
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