Anatoli V. Melechko

Direct-current substrate bias effects on amorphous silicon sputter-deposited films for thin film transistor fabrication

Seung-Ik Jun, Philip D. Rack, Timothy E. McKnight, Anatoli V. Melechko, Michael L. Simpson,

Appl. Phys. 132108 (2005)

The effect that direct current (dc) substrate bias has on radio frequency-sputter-deposited amorphous silicon (a-Si) films has been investigated. The substrate bias produces a denser a-Si film with fewer defects compared to unbiased films. The reduced number of defects results in a higher resistivity because defect-mediated conduction paths are reduced. Thin film transistors (TFTs) that were completely sputter deposited were fabricated and characterized. The TFT with the biased a-Si film showed lower leakage (off-state) current, higher on/off current ratio, and higher transconductance (field effect mobility) than the TFT with the unbiased a-Si film. ©2005 American Institute of Physics


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This article appeared in Appl. Phys. Lett. 87, 132108 (2005) (3 pages) and may be found at (URL/link for published article abstract).

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