Document Type


Date of Award

Spring 5-31-1994

Degree Name

Master of Science in Applied Physics - (M.S.)



First Advisor

John Charles Hensel

Second Advisor

Ken K. Chin

Third Advisor

Yuan Yan


The low temperature static characteristics of silicon junction field-effecttransistors (JFETs) have been investigated and analysed. The followingchanges were observed after cooling down the transistors: pinch-offvoltage and transconductance increases; and drain current is changedas a function of the drain-source voltage. It was found that there wasan increase in the amplifying properties and a reduction in noise voltageof cooled transistors. In addition, the temperature and voltage dependenceof leakage current have been studied. Temperatures below 77K are ofinterest in evaluating effects of impurity freezeout and temperatureabove 77K are important since actual device temperature will be aboutthe ambient. Operation of FET circuits at liquid nitrogen temperaturehas been suggested as a means of improving circuit and system performance.

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