Insight on the SU-8 resist as passivation layer for transparent Ga2O3-In2O3-ZnO thin-film transistors

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A nonvacuum and low temperature process for passivating transparent metal oxides based thin-film transistors is presented. This process uses the epoxy-based SU-8 resist which prevents device degradation against environmental conditions, vacuum or sputtering surface damage. The incorporation of SU-8 as a passivation layer is based on the ability of this polymer to provide features with high mechanical and chemical stability. With this approach, lithography is performed to pattern the resist over the active area of the device in order to form the passivation layer. The resulting transistors demonstrate very good electrical characteristics, such as mu(FE)= 61 cm(2)/V s, V-ON=-3 V, ON/OFF= 4.4 x 10(9), and S= 0.28 V/dec. Electrical behavior due to the SU-8/metal oxide interface characteristics is also reported on the basis of Fourier transform infrared analysis. In contrast, we demonstrate how sputtering of SiO2 as a passivation layer results in severely degraded devices that cannot be switched-off. In order to obtain proper working devices, it is shown that SU-8 should be hard baked at 200 degrees C for 1 h in order to obtain a highly cross-linked polymer network. The stability of SU-8 passivated devices over the time of storage, under current bias stress and vacuum conditions is also demonstrated.
Original languageUnknown
Pages (from-to)nr. 064505
JournalJournal Of Applied Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

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