Testing a JFET with a multimeter might seem to be a relatively easy task, seeing as how it has only one PN junction to test: either measured between gate and source, or between gate and drain. Testing continuity through the drain-source channel is another matter, though. Remember from the last section how a stored charge across the capacitance of the gate-channel PN junction could hold the JFET in a pinched-off state without any external voltage being applied across it? Of course, if you know beforehand which terminals on the device are the gate, source, and drain, you may connect a jumper wire between gate and source to eliminate any stored charge and then proceed to test source-drain continuity with no problem. A good strategy to follow when testing a JFET is to insert the pins of the transistor into anti-static foam the material used to ship and store static-sensitive electronic components just prior to testing. The conductivity of the foam will make a resistive connection between all terminals of the transistor when it is inserted.
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The junction gate field-effect transistor JFET is one of the simplest types of field-effect transistor. Unlike bipolar transistors, JFETs are exclusively voltage-controlled in that they do not need a biasing current.
Electric charge flows through a semiconducting channel between source and drain terminals. By applying a reverse bias voltage to a gate terminal, the channel is "pinched", so that the electric current is impeded or switched off completely.
If a potential difference of the proper polarity is applied between its gate and source terminals, the JFET will be more resistive to current flow, which means less current would flow in the channel between the source and drain terminals.
JFETs are sometimes referred to as depletion-mode devices as they rely on the principle of a depletion region which is devoid of majority charge carriers; and the depletion region has to be closed to enable current to flow. JFETs can have an n-type or p-type channel.
In the n-type, if the voltage applied to the gate is negative with respect to the source, the current will be reduced similarly in the p-type, if the voltage applied to the gate is positive with respect to the source.
A JFET has a large input impedance sometimes on the order of 10 10 ohms , which means that it has a negligible effect on external components or circuits connected to its gate. However, materials science and fabrication technology would require decades of advances before FETs could actually be manufactured.
They discovered the point-contact transistor in the course of trying to diagnose the reasons for their failures. Dacey and Ian M. Watanabe applied for a patent for a similar device in termed Static induction transistor SIT. The JFET is a long channel of semiconductor material, doped to contain an abundance of positive charge carriers or holes p-type , or of negative carriers or electrons n-type. Ohmic contacts at each end form the source S and the drain D. A pn-junction is formed on one or both sides of the channel, or surrounding it, using a region with doping opposite to that of the channel, and biased using an ohmic gate contact G.
JFET operation can be compared to that of a garden hose. The flow of water through a hose can be controlled by squeezing it to reduce the cross section and the flow of electric charge through a JFET is controlled by constricting the current-carrying channel.
The current also depends on the electric field between source and drain analogous to the difference in pressure on either end of the hose. This current dependency is not supported by the characteristics shown in the diagram above a certain applied voltage. This is the saturation region , and the JFET is normally operated in this constant-current region where device current is virtually unaffected by drain-source voltage. The JFET shares this constant-current characteristic with junction transistors and with thermionic tube valve tetrodes and pentodes.
Constriction of the conducting channel is accomplished using the field effect : a voltage between the gate and the source is applied to reverse bias the gate-source pn-junction, thereby widening the depletion layer of this junction see top figure , encroaching upon the conducting channel and restricting its cross-sectional area.
The depletion layer is so-called because it is depleted of mobile carriers and so is electrically non-conducting for practical purposes. When the depletion layer spans the width of the conduction channel, pinch-off is achieved and drain-to-source conduction stops. Pinch-off occurs at a particular reverse bias V GS of the gate-source junction. The pinch-off voltage V p varies considerably, even among devices of the same type. To switch off an n -channel device requires a n egative gate-source voltage V GS.
Conversely, to switch off a p -channel device requires p ositive V GS. In normal operation, the electric field developed by the gate blocks source-drain conduction to some extent. The JFET gate is sometimes drawn in the middle of the channel instead of at the drain or source electrode as in these examples.
This symmetry suggests that "drain" and "source" are interchangeable, so the symbol should be used only for those JFETs where they are indeed interchangeable. Officially, the style of the symbol should show the component inside a circle [ according to whom? This is true in both the US and Europe. The symbol is usually drawn without the circle when drawing schematics of integrated circuits. More recently, the symbol is often drawn without its circle even for discrete devices. In every case the arrow head shows the polarity of the P-N junction formed between the channel and the gate.
As with an ordinary diode , the arrow points from P to N, the direction of conventional current when forward-biased. An English mnemonic is that the arrow of an N-channel device "points i n ". At room temperature, JFET gate current the reverse leakage of the gate-to-channel junction is comparable to that of a MOSFET which has insulating oxide between gate and channel , but much less than the base current of a bipolar junction transistor.
The drain current in the saturation region is often approximated in terms of gate bias as: . In the saturation region , the JFET drain current is most significantly affected by the gate—source voltage and barely affected by the drain—source voltage. If the channel doping is uniform, such that the depletion region thickness will grow in proportion to the square root of the absolute value of the gate—source voltage, then the channel thickness b can be expressed in terms of the zero-bias channel thickness a as: [ citation needed ].
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