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An Experimental Study of Lateral Charge Transfer in Silicon Nanocrystal Layer Embedded in SiO2 Thin Film

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Lateral charge transfer in a Si nanocrystal (nc-Si) layer embedded in a SiO2 thin film synthesized by Si ion implantation is investigated. When the nc-Si in one metal-oxide-semiconductor device is charged, the charging effect on both the charged device itself and the neighboring devices is monitored. With the existence of a continuous nc-Si layer in the spacing regions between the charged device and the neighboring devices, the charging operation induces a large flat-band voltage shift in the neighboring devices, and at the same time the charged device itself is also strongly affected in return. The phenomenon depends on both the nc-Si separation and the device spacing. It is attributed to the lateral charge transfer in the nc-Si layer. The result has an important indication for non-volatile memory applications of the nc-Si synthesized by the ion implantation technique.
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Keywords: LATERAL CHARGE TRANSFER; SI NANOCRYSTALS

Document Type: Short Communication

Publication date: September 1, 2014

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  • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters (NNL) is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal consolidating nanoscale research activities in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine into a single and unique reference source. NNL provides the means for scientists, engineers, medical experts and technocrats to publish original short research articles as communications/letters of important new scientific and technological findings, encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of the physical sciences, engineering and medicine.
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