1. History
2. FET Definition
3. FET operation
4. Types of field-effect transistors
5. MOSFET development
6. MOSFET composition
6.1 metal-oxide-semicoductor structure
6.2 MOSFET structure and channel formation
6.3 modes of operation
7. MOSFET scaling
8. Other MOSFET types
The principle of field-effect transistors was first patented by Julius Edgar
Lilienfeld in 1925 and by Oskar Heil in 1934, but practical semi-conducting
devices were only developed much later after the transistor effect was
observed and explained by the team of William Shockley at Bell Labs in
Definition of a FET
The field-effect transistor (FET) is a generic term for a device that controls
current through a circuit via an applied voltage, i.e. it behaves like a voltagecontrolled resistor.
A FET has three terminals:
gate: as in the “gate” keeper of the current
source: the source of the current
drain: the destination of the current
FETs can be made in NPN or PNP variety.
FETs are “Unipolar” (conduct either electrons or holes, not both)
FET operation
The FET controls the flow
of electrons (or electron holes)
from the source to drain.
The FET operation is as follows:
apply a voltage to the gate
this voltage sets up an electric
field in the “body” of the device
electric field inhibits/supports the
flow of charge from source to
Depletion mode device
in an n-channel depletion-mode device,
a negative gate-to-source voltage causes
a depletion region to expand in width
and encroach on the channel from the
sides, narrowing the channel.
If the depletion region expands to
completely close the channel, the
resistance of the channel from source to
drain becomes large, and the FET is
effectively turned off like a switch.
Enhancement-mode device
in an n-channel enhancement-mode device, a positive gate-to-source voltage is
necessary to create a conductive channel.The positive voltage attracts free-floating
electrons within the body towards the gate, forming a conductive channel. Further
gate-to-source voltage increase will attract even more electrons towards the gate
which are able to create a conductive channel from source to drain; this process is
called inversion.
Types of field-effect transistors
Field-effect transistors are also distinguished by the method of insulation
between channel and gate. Types of FETs are:
The DEPFET is a FET formed in a fully-depleted substrate and acts as a
he DNAFET is a specialized FET that acts as a biosensor, by using a gate
made of single-strand DNA molecules to detect matching DNA strands.
The HEMT (High Electron Mobility Transistor), also called an HFET .
The IGBT (Insulated-Gate Bipolar Transistor) is a device for power control.
The ISFET is an Ion-Sensitive Field Effect Transistor used to measure ion
concentrations in a solution.
he JFET (Junction Field-Effect Transistor) uses a reverse biased p-n
junction to separate the gate from the body.
The MODFET (Modulation-Doped Field Effect Transistor).
The MOSFET (Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor Field-Effect Transistor) utilizes
an insulator (typically SiO2) between the gate and the body.
The DGMOSFET is a MOSFET with dual gates.
The NOMFET is a Nanoparticle Organic Memory Field-Effect Transistor.
The OFET is an Organic Field-Effect Transistor using an organic
semiconductor in its channel.
The most commonly used FET is the MOSFET
MOSFET development
MOSFET composition
Usually the semiconductor of choice is silicon, but some chip
manufacturers, most notably IBM and Intel, recently started using a
chemical compound of silicon and germanium (SiGe) in MOSFET.
many semiconductors with better electrical properties than silicon, such as
gallium arsenide, do not form good semiconductor-to-insulator interfaces,
thus are not suitable for MOSFETs.
The gate is separated from the channel by a thin insulating layer,
traditionally of silicon dioxide and later of silicon oxynitride.
When a voltage is applied between the gate and body terminals, the electric
field generated penetrates through the oxide and creates an "inversion
layer" or "channel" at the semiconductor-insulator interface. The inversion
channel is of the same type, P-type or N-type, as the source and drain, thus
it provides a channel through which current can pass.
MOSFET structure and channel formation
in MOSFET the terminals , (source and drain), each connected to individual
highly doped regions that are separated by the body region. These regions
can be either p or n type, but they must both be of the same type, and of
opposite type to the body region. The source and drain (unlike the body) are
highly doped as signified by a '+' sign after the type of doping.
N- and P- Channel MOSFET and channel formation
If the MOSFET is an n-channel or nMOS FET, then the source and drain are
'n+' regions and the body is a 'p' region. with sufficient gate voltage, holes
from the body are driven away from the gate, forming an inversion layer or nchannel at the interface between the p region and the oxide.
This conducting channel extends between the source and the drain, and
current is conducted through it when a voltage is applied between source
and drain. Increasing the voltage on the gate leads to a higher electron
density in the inversion layer and therefore increases the current flow
between the source and drain.
 If The P and N regions are reversed
from the P-Channel device.
Modes of operation
There are two basic modes of operation of FET’s —depletion and
Depletion mode, refers to the decrease of
carriers in the channel
due to variation in gate voltage.
Enhancement mode refers
to the increase of carriers in the channel
due to application
of gate voltage.
MOSFET scaling
Over the past decades, the MOSFET has continually been scaled down in size;
typical MOSFET channel lengths were once several micrometres, but modern
integrated circuits are incorporating MOSFETs with channel lengths of tens of
nanometers. Intel began production of a process featuring a 32 nm feature size
(with the channel being even shorter) in late 2009.
Historically, the difficulties with decreasing the size of the MOSFET have been
associated with the semiconductor device fabrication process, the need to use
very low voltages, and with poorer electrical performance necessitating circuit
redesign and innovation (small MOSFETs exhibit higher leakage currents, and
lower output resistance,).
Other MOSFET types
Dual gate MOSFET
 in dual gate MOSFET both gates control the current in the device.
 It is commonly used for small signal devices in radio frequency applications
where the second gate is normally used for gain control or mixing and
frequency conversion.
The Finfet, is a double gate device, one
of a number of geometries being
introduced to mitigate the effects of
short channels and reduce draininduced barrier lowering.
Power MOSFETs have a different structure than the one presented above. the structure is
vertical and not planar.
it is possible for the transistor to sustain both high blocking voltage and high current.

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