High-Performance Bottom-Gate Poly-Si Polysilicon–Oxide–Nitride–Oxide–Silicon Thin Film Transistors Crystallized by Excimer Laser Irradiation for Two-Bit Nonvolatile Memory Applications

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High-performance bottom-gate (BG) poly-Si polysilicon–oxide–nitride–oxide–silicon (SONOS) TFTs with single grain boundary perpendicular to the channel direction have been demonstrated via simple excimer-laser-crystallization (ELC) method. Under an appropriate laser irradiation energy density, the silicon grain growth started from the thicker sidewalls intrinsically caused by the bottom-gate structure and impinged in the center of the channel. Therefore, the proposed ELC BG SONOS TFTs exhibited superior transistor characteristics than the conventional solid-phase-crystallized ones, such as higher field effect mobility of 393 cm2/V-s and steeper subthreshold swing of 0.296 V/dec. Due to the high field effect mobility, the electron velocity, impact ionization, and conduction current density could be enhanced effectively, thus improving the memory performance. Based on this mobility-enhanced scheme, the proposed ELC BG SONOS TFTs exhibited better performance in terms of relatively large memory window, high program/erase speed, long retention time, and 2-bit operation. Such an ELC BG SONOS TFT with single-grain boundary in the channel is compatible with the conventional a-Si TFT process and therefore very promising for the embedded memory in the system-on-panel applications.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2012.6245

Publication date: July 1, 2012

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