Document Type


Date of Award

Spring 5-31-2000

Degree Name

Master of Science in Computer Engineering - (M.S.)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

N. M. Ravindra

Second Advisor

Walid Hubbi

Third Advisor

Edwin Hou

Fourth Advisor

Dentcho V. Ivanov

Fifth Advisor

Oktay H. Gokce


Analyses of current-voltage (LV) characteristics of Schottky Barrier Diodes (Tantalum Suicide) and Metal Oxide Semiconductor (MOS) Devices, using LabVIEWTM, has been presented here. LabVIEWTMTM, a graphical program development application, has been used to program a computer-driven Keithley Source Measure Unit (SMU) for device characterization. The SMU, which can be used as a Source Voltage - Measure Current as well as Source Current - Measure Voltage instrument, is used in the Source Voltage -Measure Current mode in this study. A General Purpose Interface Bus (GPIB) IEEE 488.2 has been used to interface the SMU with LabVIEWTMTM. LabVIEWTM has been successfully implemented to obtain the current-voltage characteristics of semiconductor devices, such as TaSi2 /Si and MOS structures. Based on this characterization, factors such as the barrier height for TaSi2 /Si and current conduction mechanisms in MOS device structures have been evaluated.