IEEE Electron Device Letters

Tunneling and occupancy probabilities: How do they affect tunnel-FET behavior?

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In this letter, the occupancy and tunneling probabilities of interband tunneling devices are studied, pointing out the fundamental function of the source Fermi-Dirac distribution. Particularly, the reason for the degraded subthreshold swing, which is typical of devices with highly doped source, is explained, and its relation with the high-energy source Fermi tail is carefully analyzed. Simultaneously, the poor driving capability of Tunnel-FET devices is investigated, highlighting the primary role played by the occupancy functions. © 1980-2012 IEEE.