The characteristics and interfacial electronic structures of organic thin film transistor devices with ultrathin (HfO2)x(SiO2)1−x gate dielectrics
Journal Article

Published: Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Citation: Applied Physics Letters, Volume 92, Number 21, Pages 213302
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Authors (1 total): S. Cho

Abstract: Pentacene-based thin film transistors with ultrathin (6 nm) (HfO2)x(SiO2)1−x gate dielectric layers (x=0.25 and 0.75) were fabricated for low-voltage operation. The devices with ultrathin (HfO2)x(SiO2)1−x as the gate dielectric layer were operated at a gate voltage lower than −4.0 eV. However, the threshold voltage and drain current have different values depending on the composition of the (HfO2)x(SiO2)1−x gate dielectric layer. The device with (HfO2)0.75(SiO2)0.25 gate dielectrics, having larger capacitance, shows a higher drain current than that with (HfO2)0.25(SiO2)0.75 gate dielectrics. On the other hand, the device with (HfO2)0.25(SiO2)0.75 gate dielectrics, which has a larger work function, shows a lower threshold voltage. The in situ ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy shows that this is caused by the difference in electronic structures and by changes in band alignment of the interface between the pentacene and dielectric layers.