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This paper describes a novel heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT) structure, the collector-up tunneling-collector HBT (C-up TC-HBT), that minimizes the offset voltage VCE,sat and the knee voltage Vk. In this device, a thin GaInP layer is used as a tunnel barrier at the base-collector (BC) junction to suppress hole injection into the collector, which results in small VCE,sat. Collector-up configuration is used because of the observed asymmetry of the band discontinuity between GaInP and GaAs depending on growth direction. To minimize Vk, we optimized the epitaxial layer structure as well as the conditions of ion implantation into the extrinsic emitter and post-implantation annealing. The best results were obtained when a 5-nm-thick 5×1017-cm-3-doped GaInP tunnel barrier with a 20-nm-thick undoped GaAs spacer was used at the BC junction, and when 2×1012-cm-2 50-keV B implantation was employed followed by 10-min annealing at 390°C. Fabricated 40×40-μm2 C-up TC-HBTs showed almost zero VCE,sat (<10 mV) and a very small Vk of 0.29 V at a collector current density of 4 kA/cm2, which are much lower than those of a typical GaInP/GaAs HBT. The results indicate that the C-up TC-HBT's are attractive candidates for high-efficiency high power amplifiers.
Date of Publication: Dec 2000