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Where does the body diode in a MOSFET come from? I understand that its built in and an intrinsic part of the MOSFET. All illustrations of a MOSFET that I've seen depict the structure as two diodes back to back but non hint at where the diode comes from.

typical MOSFET structure

schematic

simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab

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To be more accurate, in a typical power U-mosfet structure in use today [aka trench mosfet], this body diode is a PIN diode:

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Image from this textbook.

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It's a result of tying the body terminal to the source terminal during manufacture. Note that the gate has no physical connection to the body as is implied in the diode schematic.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ How does the body get tied to the source during manufacture? \$\endgroup\$
    – vini_i
    Nov 26 '15 at 2:17
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    \$\begingroup\$ As part of the metalization layer. \$\endgroup\$ Nov 26 '15 at 2:18
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The FET needs a semiconductor for the current to flow in. For an n-channel enhancement device, this needs to be p-type (so that an n-channel can be induced in it with a + gate voltage). Since the S & D are necessarily n-type, and need to be constructed in the body, a N-P diode is necessarily formed.

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