Unijunction Transistor

The unijunction transistor(UJT) is a three terminal device with characteristics very different from the conventional 2 junction, bipolar transistor. It is a pulse generator with the trigger or control signal applied at the emitter . This trigger voltage is a fraction (n) of interbase voltage, Vbb.The UJT circuit symbol, junction schematic, and characteristic curve are shown below.

The emitter terminal does not inject current into the base region until its voltage reaches Vp. Once Vp is reached the base circuit conducts and a postive pulse appears at the B1 terminal and a negative pulse at B2. The UJT incorporates a negative resistance region, a low emitter current, and a high output pulse current at terminals B1 and B2, making it an ideal pulse trigger. A simple RC timer circuit using a UJT is shown below.

The very basic specifications of a UJT are:
(a) Vbb(max) – The maximum interbase voltage that can be applied to the UJT
(b) Rbb-the interbase resistance of the UJT
(c) n – The intrinsic standoff ratio which defines Vp.
(d) Ip – The peakpoint emitter current

Here are a few of our most requested UJT’s:

PART NO. RBBO Interbase Resistance @VBB=3V IE=0(KOhms) h

Intrinsic Standoff
Ratio@ VBB=10V


Peak Point Emitter Current Max. (?µA)

Base One Peak Pulse Voltage Min. (V)
Case Style
2N489 4.7 – 6.8 .51 – .62 8 12 T0-5
2N490 6.2 – 9.1 .51 – .62 8 12
2N491 4.7 – 6.8 .56 – .68 8 12
2N1671 4.7 – 9.1 .47 – .62 8 25
2N2160 4.0 – 12.0 .47 – .80 8 25 3
2N2646 4.7 – 9.1 .56 – .75 4 5 3 TO-18
2N2647 4.7 – 9.1 .68 – .82 8 2 6

American Microsemiconductor produces a very broad line of standard unijunction transistors.
Many of the basic applications include:

oscillators, timers, sawtooth generators, SCR triggers, frequency dividers, stable voltage sensing,