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Genetic-based optimization of a multi insulator tunneling diode for THz energy harvesting

  • Mazen Shanawani (a1), Diego Masotti (a1) and Alessandra Costanzo (a1)


The deployment of multi-insulator tunneling diodes has recently had more attention to be used as rectifiers in energy harvesting rectennas with good potentiality for a millimeter and terahertz range. However, with the rather complicated math to obtain the current–voltage relation, it is difficult to evaluate the design figures of merit (FOM)s such as asymmetry, nonlinearity, responsivity, and dynamic resistance and monitor the impact of changing physical parameters on them. This complicates the decision-making process for the required physical parameters. In this work, a heuristic optimization framework using genetic algorithm is suggested using the transfer matrix method to find the combination of physical parameters which satisfies the minimum required FOM set by users and weighted by their preference.


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Genetic-based optimization of a multi insulator tunneling diode for THz energy harvesting

  • Mazen Shanawani (a1), Diego Masotti (a1) and Alessandra Costanzo (a1)


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