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This letter describes the fabrication and properties of bendable single-crystal-silicon thin film transistors formed on plastic substrates. These devices use ultrathin single-crystal silicon ribbons for the semiconductor, with optimized device layouts and low-temperature gate dielectrics. The level of performance that can be achieved approaches that of traditional silicon transistors on rigid bulk wafers: effective mobilities>500cm2/V·s, ON/OFF ratios >105, and response frequencies > 500 MHz at channel lengths of 2 μm. This type of device might provide a promising route to flexible digital circuits for classes of applications whose performance requirements cannot be satisfied with organic semiconductors, amorphous silicon, or other related approaches.
Date of Publication: June 2006