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Optica Publishing Group
  • Journal of Display Technology
  • Vol. 8,
  • Issue 1,
  • pp. 23-26
  • (2012)

Mechanisms of Threshold Voltage Shift in Polymorphous and Microcrystalline Silicon Bottom Gate Thin-Film Transistors

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In this paper, we have studied the stability of polymorphous silicon (pm-Si:H) and μc-Si:F:H bottom gate thin-film transistors (TFTs) by combining degradation and relaxation experiments under various stress conditions. We report on polymorphous silicon (pm-Si:H) TFTs with ΔV<sub>TH</sub>=1 V after 10 h of stress and μc-Si:F:H TFTs with superior stability, which show a ΔV<sub>TH</sub> of only 0.05 V under stress conditions similar to those encountered in active-matrix operation regime (V<sub>G</sub>=12 V and V<sub>D</sub>=10 V). Relaxation studies show that the quality of the interface between silicon nitride and pm-Si:H (or μc-Si:F:H) controls the stability at short stress times. Interestingly, the deposition conditions of the semiconductor layer seem to modify the quality of the a-SiN:H and thus the stability of the interface.

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