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magnetotransport measurements in order to characterize b — quality factor corresponding to a frequency of the resonant their applicability as resonant tuneable detectors of THz detection, plotted in a), for the group A, B and C transistors.
radiation. We showed how the electron mobility in the transistor can be evaluated from a magnetic field dependence of the transistor’s resistance. High-mobility GaAs/GaAlAs Using the value of the mobility and the threshold transistors with a quality factor approaching 10 were voltage determined for different FET’s we can estimate fabricated. These devices are most promising (among those their parameters for possible applications in the resonant investigated) devices for application as resonant detectors.
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