InP/InGaAs double heterojunction bipolar transistors with BVCEO = 12 V and f max = 470 GHz

InP/InGaAs double heterojunction bipolar transistors with BVCEO = 12 V and f max = 470 GHz

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0.25 μm emitter InP/InGaAs double heterojunction bipolar transistors (DHBTs) are presented that simultaneously exhibit a high collector current density (J c) of more than 3 mA/μm2 and high breakdown voltage (BVCEO) of 12 V. The DHBTs consist of a 30 nm-thick InGaAs base, 250 nm-thick InGaAs/InAlGaAs/InP collector and 150 nm-thick n-doped InP field buffer. Since the doping level of the InP field buffer is relatively high, only the InGaAs/InAlGaAs/InP collector is depleted at low V CE. Thus, the DHBTs can provide f t = 173 GHz and f max = 470 GHz at J c = 3.5 mA/μm2. On the other hand, at a high V CE, both the InGaAs/InAlGaAs/InP collector and InP field buffer are depleted. Therefore, the effective depletion thickness increases, which results in a BVCEO of 12 V. These results indicate that the use of the InP field buffer provides both high-speed performance and high BVCEO.


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