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Journal of Applied Physics
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Performance of thin hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin-film transistors

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In this paper we have analyzed the influence of the mask channel length (LM) on the performance of the 55-nm-hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) thin-film transistors (TFTs), incorporating nitrogen-rich hydrogenated amorphous silicon nitride gate dielectric and phosphorus-doped microcrystalline silicon (n+μc-Si:H) source/drain (S/D) contacts. In our TFTs the n+μc-Si:H S/D contacts have a specific contact resistance around or below 0.5 Ω cm2. We have shown that in our TFTs a field-effect mobility and threshold voltage are dependent on LM, and this dependence is most likely due to the influence of the S/D contact series resistance on TFTs characteristics. Finally, we have demonstrated that if the mask channel length is extended by a ΔL (which is a distance from the S/D via edge at which the electron injection/collection is taking place) the field-effect mobility and threshold voltage are independent of the channel length. In such a case μFE, VT, and ON/OFF current ratio around 0.76 cm2/V s, 2.5 V, and 107, respectively, has been obtained.

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01 Dec 1991

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Journal of Applied Physics

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