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Demonstration and properties of a planar heterojunction bipolar transistor with lateral current flow

By: Thornton, R.L.; Chung, H.F.; Mosby, W.J.;

1989 / IEEE

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This item was taken from the IEEE Periodical ' Demonstration and properties of a planar heterojunction bipolar transistor with lateral current flow ' The authors present fabrication techniques and device performance for a novel transistor structure, the lateral heterojunction bipolar transistor. The lateral heterojunctions are formed by impurity-induced disordering of a GaAs base layer sandwiched between two AlGaAs layers. These transistor structures exhibit current gains of 14 for base widths of 0.74 mu m. Transistor action in this device occurs parallel to the surface of the device structure. The active base region of the structure is completely submerged, resulting in a reduction of surface recombination as a mechanism for gain reduction in the device. Impurity-induced disordering is used to widen the bandgap of the alloy in the emitter and collector, resulting in an improvement of the emitter injection efficiency. Since the device is based entirely on a surface diffusion process, the device is completely planar and has no steps involving etching of the III-V alloy material. These advantages lead this device to be considered as a candidate for optoelectronic integration applications. The transistor device functions as a buried heterostructure laser, with a threshold current as low as 6 mA for a 1.4- mu m stripe.<>