Using quantum transport simulations, the impact of electron-phonon scattering on the transfer characteristic of a gate-all-around nanowire (GaAs) field effect transistor (NWFET) has been thoroughly investigated. The Non-Equilibrium Green's Function formalism in the effective mass approximation using a decoupled mode decomposition has been deployed. NWFETs of different dimensions have been considered, and scattering mechanisms including acoustic, optical and polar optical phonons have been included. The effective masses were extracted from tight binding simulations. High and low drain bias have been considered. We found substantial source to drain tunnelling current and significant impact of phonon scattering on the performance of the NWFET. At low drain bias, for a 2.2 × 2.2 nm2 cross-section transistor, scattering caused a 72%, 77%, and 81% decrease in the on-current for a 6 nm, 10 nm, and 20 nm channel length, respectively. This reduction in the current due to scattering is influenced by the increase in the tunnelling current. We include the percentage tunnelling for each valley at low and high drain bias. It was also found that the strong quantisation caused the relative position of the valleys to vary with the cross-section. This had a large effect on the overall tunnelling current. The phonon-limited mobility was also calculated, finding a mobility of 950 cm2/V s at an inversion charge density of 1012 cm−2 for a 4.2 × 4.2 nm2 cross-section device.
This work was supported by the EPSRC under Career Acceleration Fellowship Grant No. EP/I004084/1.
I. INTRODUCTION II. SIMULATION METHODOLOGY III. RESULTS A. Low drain bias 1. Effect of scattering 2. Effect of confinement 3. Percentage tunnelling 4. Phonon-limited mobility B. High drain bias 1. Effect of scattering 2. Percentage tunnelling IV. CONCLUSION