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Positive gate bias stress instability of carbon nanotube thin film transistors
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FIG. 1.

(a) Optical image of the CNT transistor array on SiO2/Si and HfO2/Si substrates. Channel lengths are 3, 5, 7, and 9 μm, and channel widths are 10, 20, and 30 μm. (b) Schematic structure of bottom–gate CNT TFT using SiO2 100 nm and HfO2 30 nm dielectric layer. Transfer characteristics (Id-Vg) of CNT-TFT devices fabricated on (c) SiO2/Si and (d) HfO2/Si substrates under positive gate bias stress times. The magnitude of the gate bias was fixed at 2.5 MV/cm, and the source-drain bias was fixed at 1 V. All of the measurements were taken at room temperature under ambient conditions.

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FIG. 2.

Threshold voltage shift (ΔVth) with stress time in CNT-TFTs at different gate biases (a) on a SiO2 gate insulator and (b) on a HfO2 gate insulator. (c) The gate bias strength range was varied from 1 MV/cm to 2.5 MV/cm. The solid symbols represent the experimental data, and the solid lines were fitted to experimental data using Eq. (1).

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FIG. 3.

Transfer characteristics of CNT-TFTs (fabricated on different insulators) before and after relaxation by applying a different gate bias stress. Devices were fabricated on (a) SiO2 gate insulators or (b) HfO2 gate insulators. The devices recovered to the original state after stressing for 2000 s and were then exposed to air for 1000 s.

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FIG. 4.

(a) The evolution of the threshold voltage shift (ΔVth) variation with respect to positive gate bias stress and recovery. A gate bias stress of 2.5 MV/cm for 2000 s was applied. (b) Schematic showing the electric-field induced adsorption of oxygen molecules on SiO2 gate insulators under PGBS. (c) Schematic showing the electric-field induced adsorption of water molecules on HfO2 gate insulators under PGBS.


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Table I.

The extracted parameters of threshold voltage shift (ΔVth), relaxation time (τ), and stretch exponential factor (β) for various dielectric layers. Stress time is fixed at 2000 s for all of the cases.


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Scitation: Positive gate bias stress instability of carbon nanotube thin film transistors