Enhanced ZnO Thin-Film Transistor Performance Using Bilayer Gate Dielectrics

Fwzah Hamud Alshammari, Pradipta K. Nayak, Zhenwei Wang, Husam N. Alshareef

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We report ZnO TFTs using Al2O3/Ta2O5 bilayer gate dielectrics grown by atomic layer deposition. The saturation mobility of single layer Ta2O5 dielectric TFT was 0.1 cm2 V-1 s-1, but increased to 13.3 cm2 V-1 s-1 using Al2O3/Ta2O5 bilayer dielectric with significantly lower leakage current and hysteresis. We show that point defects present in ZnO film, particularly VZn, are the main reason for the poor TFT performance with single layer dielectric, although interfacial roughness scattering effects cannot be ruled out. Our approach combines the high dielectric constant of Ta2O5 and the excellent Al2O3/ZnO interface quality, resulting in improved device performance. © 2016 American Chemical Society.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22751-22755
Number of pages5
JournalACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Issue number35
StatePublished - Aug 25 2016

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: Research reported in this publication was supported by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). The authors thank the staff of the Nanofabrication Facility and imaging and characterization at KAUST, particularly Ahad Syed and Nimer Wehbe, for their excellent support.


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