A simple technique to measure the minority carrier mobility using a bipolar junction transistor is demonstrated. By fixing the base-emitter voltage, the carrier injection into the base is constant. The collector current is then monitored as a function of a magnetic field applied perpendicular to the current transport across the base. The magnetic field leads to an increase in base transit time and a corresponding decrease in collector current. From the resulting fractional change in collector current, the minority carrier mobility in the base can be determined. For narrow base transistors, quasiballistic transport across the base must be taken into account when determining the bulk minority carrier mobility.
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Applied Physics Letters: Volume 70, Issue 4. 10.1063/1.118185