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Journal of Applied Physics
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Degradation of bipolar transistors under high current stress at 300 K

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Abstract

We have observed the onset of degradation of bipolar transistor characteristics under high current forward stress at room temperature. The observed degradation may be attributed to interface states generated next to the sidewall oxide at the emitter base junction in a self-aligned bipolar transistor. Individual steps in the generation and annealing kinetics may be resolved. The sensitivity of the device to the extrinsic base doping profile is demonstrated and a model based on the generation of hot carriers by Auger recombination and bond breaking by these hot carriers is proposed.

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01 Dec 1988

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Journal of Applied Physics

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