Field Effect Transistor (FET)
For a depletion NMOS transistor, the channel conducts even if V
If the value of V
is positive, the channel is further enhanced. That is, morefree electrons are attracted to the channel, and its conductivity increases.
If the V
is negative, free electrons are repelled from the channel. Theconductivity of the channel is thus decreased. We call this phenomenonchannel depletion.
If the value of the V
is sufficiently negative, all of the free electrons in thechannel will be repelled-the channel is said to be completely depleted.
A channel that is completely depleted cannot conduct. In other words, thedepletion MOSFET is in cutoff.
Thus, the negative value of V
at which the channel is completely depleted isthe threshold voltage V
for a depletion NMOS device. In other words, to havea conducting channel, the gate-to-source voltage V
must be greater than thethreshold voltage V