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Bipolar Junction Transistor (BJT)

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A Bipolar Junction Transistor (BJT) has three terminals connected to three doped semiconductor regions. In an NPN transistor, a thin and lightly doped P-type base is sandwiched between a heavily doped N-type emitter and another N-type collector; while in a PNP transistor, a thin and lightly doped N-type base is sandwiched between a heavily doped P-type emitter and another P-type collector. In the following we will only consider NPN BJTs.

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In many schematics of transistor circuits (especially when there exist a large number of transistors in the circuit), the circle in the symbol of a transistor is omitted. The figures below show the cross section of two NPN transistors. Note that although both the collector and emitter of a transistor are made of N-type semiconductor material, they have totally different geometry and therefore can not be interchanged.

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All previously considered components (resistor, capacitor, inductor, and diode) have two terminals (leads) and can therefore be characterized by the single relationship between the current going through and the voltage across the two leads. Differently, a transistor is a three-terminal component, which could be considered as a two-port network with an input-port and an output-port, each formed by two of the three terminals, and characterized by the relationships of both input and output currents and voltages.

Depending on which of the three terminals is used as common terminal, there can be three possible configurations for the two-port network formed by a transistor:

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The relationship between the input and output currents of both CB and CE configurations is summarized below:

The collector characteristics of the common-base (CB) and common-emitter (CE) configurations have the following differences:

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Various parameters of a transistor change as functions of temperature. For example, $\beta$ increases along with temperature.


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Ruye Wang 2014-11-23