Application of a triple-well superlattice emitter structure to GaAs switching device

Der Feng Guo, Wen-Chau Liu, Wen Shiung Lour, Chung Yih Sun, Rong Chau Liu

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A new GaAs switching device with a triple-well superlattice emitter structure, prepared by molecular beam epitaxy, has been fabricated and demonstrated. An S- and N-shaped negative-differential-resistance (NDR) phenomenon, attributed primarily to the avalanche multiplications process and resonant-tunneling effect, were observed simultaneously when a proper collector-emitter voltage (VCE) was applied. The operation temperature is known from the experimental results to play an important role on the influence of the NDR behaviors. A transistor action with a common-emitter current gain of over 36 was also achieved at 300 K when a control current was employed to the base electrode. This device exhibited a significantly regenerative switching phenomenon both at room temperature and low temperature if a -VCE voltage was used. The proposed structure consequently has good potential for switching and quantum functional device applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4414-4416
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1992 Dec 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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