The dc performances of an InP/InGaAs pnp heterostructure-emitter bipolar transistor are investigated by theoretical analysis and experimental results. Though the valence band discontinuity at the InP/InGaAs heterojunction is relatively large, the addition of a heavily-doped as well as thin p +-InGaAs emitter layer between p-InP confinement and n +-InGaAs base layers effectively eliminates the potential spike at emitter-base junction and simultaneously lowers the emitter-collector offset voltage and increases the potential barrier for electrons. Experimentally, a high current gain of 88 and a low offset voltage of 54 mV have been achieved.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Condensed Matter Physics