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Advantages of top-gate, high-k dielectric carbon nanotube field-effect transistors

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7 Author(s)
Yang, M.H. ; Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ, United Kingdom ; Teo, K.B.K. ; Gangloff, L. ; Milne, W.I.
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The subthreshold slope, transconductance, threshold voltage, and hysteresis of a carbon nanotube field-effect transistor (CNT FET) were examined as its configuration was changed from bottom-gate exposed channel, bottom-gate covered channel to top-gate FET. An individual single wall CNT was grown by chemical vapor deposition and its gate configuration was changed while determining its transistor characteristics to ensure that the measurements were not a function of different chirality or diameter CNTs. The bottom-gate exposed CNT FET utilized 900 nm SiO2 as the gate insulator. This CNT FET was then covered with TiO2 to form the bottom-gate covered channel CNT FET. Finally, the top-gate CNT FET was fabricated and the device utilized TiO2 (κ∼80, equivalent oxide thickness=0.25 nm) as the gate insulator. Of the three configurations investigated, the top-gate device exhibited best subthreshold slope (67–70 mV/dec), highest transconductance (1.3 μS), and negligible hysteresis in terms of threshold voltage shift.

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Applied Physics Letters  (Volume:88 ,  Issue: 11 )

Date of Publication:

Mar 2006

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