High-Performance Thin Film Transistor with an Neodymium-Doped Indium Zinc Oxide/Al₂O₃ Nanolaminate Structure Processed at Room Temperature.

Author(s) Yao, R.; Li, X.; Zheng, Z.; Zhang, X.; Xiong, M.; Xiao, S.; Ning, H.; Wang, X.; Wu, Y.; Peng, J.
Journal Materials (Basel)
Date Published 2018 Oct 01

In this work, a high-performance thin film transistor with an neodymium-doped indium zinc oxide (Nd:IZO) semiconductor via a room temperature approach and adopting the Nd:IZO/Al₂O₃ nanolaminate structure was investigated. The effects of the ultrathin Al₂O₃ layer and the thickness of Nd:IZO layer in the nanolaminate structure on the improvement of electrical performance and stability of thin film transistors (TFTs) were systematically studied. Besides the carrier movement confined along the near-channel region, driven by the Al₂O₃ layer under an electrical field, the high performance of the TFT is also attributed to the high quality of the 8-nm-thick Nd:IZO layer and the corresponding optimal Nd:IZO/Al₂O₃ interface, which reduce the scattering effect and charge trapping with strong M⁻O bonds in bulk and the back-channel surface of Nd:IZO, according to the X-ray reflectivity (XRR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and micro-wave photo conductivity decay (μ-PCD) results. As a result, the Nd:IZO/Al₂O₃ TFT exhibits an outstanding performance, with a high of 32.7 cm²·V·s, an I/I of 1.9 × 10⁸, and a low subthreshold swing () value of 0.33 V·dec, which shows great potential for the room temperature fabrication of TFTs in high-resolution or high-frame-rate displays by a scalable, simple, and feasible approach.

DOI 10.3390/ma11101871
ISSN 1996-1944
Citation Materials (Basel). 2018;11(10).

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