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A Device Model for the Amorphous-Silicon Staggered-Electrode Thin-Film Transistor

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We present a model for the amorphous-silicon (a-Si) stag- gered-electrode thin-film transistor (TFT) that incorporates gate-voltage dependent mobility for channel current and space-charge-limited current (SCLC) effects for the source and drain contacts. This model is in excellent agreement with TFT data over a wide range of applied voltage and for various channel lengths. For the devices measured, TFT current depends more sensitively on effective channel mobility than on space-charge-limited current through the a-Si layer, but the latter is responsible for current crowding at low drain voltage. Because of the two-dimensional current flow under the contacts, their equivalent lumped element model exhibits a different power law behavior than that for one-dimensional current flow in an n+-i-n+ structure. We also show that a peak in the differential conductance curve at low drain voltage is a sensitive indicator of current crowding and implies a superlinear equivalent lumped element in series with the intrinsic TFT. © 1989 IEEE

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01 Jan 1989

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IEEE T-ED

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