In this, we will briefly learn about the field-effect transistor. The field-effect transistor or FET is a three-terminal device, which uses the electric field to control the flow of current through the device.
Field Effect Transistor
field-effect transistor it is very useful in many applications. In fact, today most of the integrated circuits including computers are designed using these FETs.So the three terminals of the FET are known as gate, drain, and source. so in a field-effect transistor, the current used to flow between the drain and the source terminal. And this current can be controlled by applying the voltage between the gate and the source terminal.
So these applied voltage generates the electric field within the device and by controlling this electric field or in a way by controlling this voltage we can control the flow of current through the device.so basically in this field-effect transistor, by controlling the electric field we can control the flow of current.
that is why it is known as the field effect transistor. So this field effect transistor is the voltage control device that means the input voltage between the gate and the source terminal controls the output current.
On the other end, if you look at the BJT or the Bipolar Junction Transistor, it is a current-controlled device, where the input base current controls the output collector current.
Differences Between Bipolar Junction Transistor & Field Effect Transistor
Differences between Bipolar Junction Transistor & field effect transistor
- so this is one of the differences but between the field effect transistor and the bipolar Junction transistor.
- The second difference is the FET is a unipolar device, while the BJT is a bipolar device. Meaning that the BJT relies on the two types of charges, the free electron, and the holes. But the operation of the FET relies on either holes or electrons.
Application Field Effect Transistor (FETs)
Now in terms of the application, the field-effect transistor (FETs) are used in almost all the applications where the BJTs are used. For example, they are used as an amplifier or oscillator in many applications and apart from that also used as an analog switch in many applications.
But the biggest difference between the field-effect transistor and the BJT is that the input impedance of the field-effect transistor is very high and due to that they are used as a buffer amplifier in many applications.
Apart from that, the transistor field effect (FETs) are smaller in size compared to the BJTs. And that’s why they are commonly used in integrated circuits. Apart from that now if we talk in terms of the power consumption of the FET is less than BJT.
And that’s why they are preferred in many high power applications as well as in computing applications, particularly where the required power consumption should be minimized. so these are the few differences between the FET and the BJT.
Types Of Field Transistor Effect (FETs)
Now let us see the different types of FETs. So basically there are two types of FETs. The first is the junction field effect transistor or the JFET.
And the second type is IG-FET. or is known as the insulated-gate field-effect transistor. And the MOSFET is the most common type of IG-FET. so let us briefly discuss these two types of FETs.
Now as I said earlier the FET has three terminals. The gate-source and the drain. And the current flows between the drain and the source terminals. Now in this field effect transistor, the path through which this charge carrier flows is known as the channel and if this channel is made up of n-type semiconductor then the field effect transistor is known as the n-channel FET.
Junction Field Effect Transistor
Likewise, if the channel is made up of p-type material then it is known as the p-channel FET. And in this FET, the gate terminal is placed very close to this channel, so that it can control the flow of current through this channel. now in this JFET, this gate terminal is provided using this PN Junction.
So if you see the n-type JFET, two small p-type regions are fabricated near this channel. And due to that, the PN Junction is formed near this channel and whenever this PN Junction is reversed bias then the depletion region of this PN Junction isolates the gate terminal from the channel. And only a small amount of reverse saturation current used to flow between these two regions.
So, in a way, this reverse bias PNJ unction isolates the gate terminal from the channel and that is why this type of field-effect transistor is known as the JFET or the junction field-effect transistor. Now as I said earlier if this channel is made up of n-type semiconductors then it is known as the n-channel JFET.
And likewise, if it Is made up of p-type semiconductor then the JFET is known as the p-channel JFET.so in this way there are two types of JFET. The n-channel and p-channel JFET.so now let us talk about the second type of FET. So this IG-FET uses an insulating layer between the gate terminal and the channel.
And typically this insulating layer is formed from the oxide layer of the semiconductor. now here the name IG-FET refers to any type of FET which has an insulated gate. And the most common form of IG-FET is the MOSFET.So in this MOSFET, the gate is made up of a metal layer and the insulating layer is made up of silicon dioxide.
now this MOSFET can be further classified into two types.
The depletion type and the enhancement type. so let us understand briefly about these two types. now when we apply the voltage at the gate terminal then due to the electric field it can either deplete or enhance the number of charge carriers in this given channel.
So by the application of the voltage if the number of charge carriers gets depleted in this channel then it is known as the depletion type of FET. and if the number of charge carriers increases then it is known as the enhancement type of FET.So this structure which is shown in this diagram is the depletion type of MOSFET where the applied voltage at the gate terminal depletes the charge carriers in this n channel. While this structure which is shown in the diagram is the enhancement type of MOSFET.
so in this type of MOSFET, the channel is formed between these two n- regions whenever we apply the voltage at the gate terminal. So these are the two types of MOSFETs. and these two types of MOSFETs can be further classified either as n-channel or p-channel MOSFETs. so these are the basic types of FETs.
And of course, there are other types of FETs like Fin-FET and the CMOS, but we will talk about it in a separate video. so from the next Article onwards, we will see the working of this JFET and the MOSFET. And we will also see the symbol as well as a transfer characteristic of these different types of FETs. And once we finish that then we will see that how to bias these FETs.