Performance and Stability of Low Temperature Transparent Thin-Film Transistors Using Amorphous Multicomponent Dielectrics

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High performance transparent thin-film transistors deposited on glass substrates and entirely processed at a low temperature not exceeding 150 degrees C are presented and analyzed in this paper. Besides being based on an amorphous oxide semiconductor, the main innovation of this work relies on the use of sputtered multicomponent oxides as dielectric materials based on mixtures of Ta(2)O(5) with SiO(2) or Al(2)O(3). These multicomponent dielectrics allow to obtain amorphous structures and low leakage currents while preserving a high dielectric constant. This results in transistors with remarkable electrical properties, such as field-effect mobility exceeding 35 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1), close to 0 V turn-on voltage, on/off ratio higher than 10(6), and a subthreshold slope of 0.24 V decade(-1), obtained with a Ta(2)O(5):SiO(2) dielectric. When subjected to severe current stress tests, optimized devices show little and reversible variation in their electrical characteristics. The devices presented here have properties comparable to the ones using plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposited SiO(2) at 400 degrees C, reinforcing the success of this amorphous multicomponent dielectric approach for low temperature, high performance, and transparent electronic circuits.
Original languageUnknown
Pages (from-to)H824-H831
JournalJournal Of The Electrochemical Society
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

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