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Quantum-well p-channel AlGaAs/InGaAs/GaAs heterostructure insulated-gate field-effect transistors with very high transconductance

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6 Author(s)
Daniels, R.R. ; Honeywell, Bloomington, MN, USA ; Ruden, P.Paul ; Shur, M. ; Grider, D.
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Quantum-well p-channel pseudomorphic AlGaAs/InGaAs/GaAs heterostructure insulated-gate field-effect transistors with enhanced hole mobility are described. The devices exhibit room-temperature transconductance, transconductance parameter, and maximum drain current as high as 113 mS/mm, 305 mS/V/mm, and 94 mA/mm, respectively, in 0.8- mu m-gate devices. Transconductance, transconductance parameter, and maximum drain current as high as 175 mS/mm, 800 mS/V/mm, and 180 mA/mm, respectively were obtained in 1- mu m p-channel devices at 77 K. From the device data hole field-effect mobilities of 860 cm/sup 2//V-s at 300 K and 2815 cm/sup 2//V-s at 77 K have been deduced. The gate current causes the transconductance to drop (and even to change sign) at large voltage swings. Further improvement of the device characteristics may be obtained by minimizing the gate current. To this end, a type of device structure called the dipole heterostructure insulated-gate field-effect transistor is proposed.<>

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Electron Device Letters, IEEE  (Volume:9 ,  Issue: 7 )