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Homework Help: How to quantify fringing fields around a finite width plate electrode?

  1. Nov 19, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    This isn't homework or coursework as such, but i thought it may be the best place to ask this question. The last time i posted in the other section it was deleted!

    Im considering the case of an electrode of finite width L in the x direction. The y direction is perpendicular to the electrode. The electrode is in contact with an N doped region, donor concentration is ND. The region is depleted so that these are the fixed charges. As i approach the end of the electrode in the x direction, the potential drops off rapidly. This is particularly important for the work im doing. The problem is i cannot find any analytical expressions for the field in this region. The potential should be a "flat bottomed well", with the width of the "flat bottom" determined by the width of the electrode. I tried solving Poissons equation, but it gave me a normal symmetric quadratic potential well. Any ideas?

    2. Relevant equations

    Poissons equation

    2∅ = (-qNd)/εsi
    3. The attempt at a solution

    solving it, with the boundary condition that the field is 0 at the edge of the electrode gives:

    ∅(y) = (-qNDy2)/esi +C1y + C2

    The Cs are constants of integration.
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