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Full Quantum Treatment of Remote Coulomb Scattering in Silicon Nanowire FETs

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3 Author(s)
Poli, S. ; Res. Center on Electron. Syst., Univ. of Bologna, Bologna ; Pala, M.G. ; Poiroux, T.

We study the influence of remote Coulomb scattering (RCS) due to trapped charges at the silicon oxide/high- kappa material interface on the electrical performances of silicon nanowire (Si-NW) FETs. We address a full quantum analysis based on the 3-D self-consistent solution of the Poisson-Schrdinger equation within the coupled mode-space non-equilibrium Green's function (NEGF) formalism. We find that the RCS strongly affects the electrical performances of Si-NWs by increasing both the inverse subthreshold voltage slope and the I off current. RCS-limited mobility, which is mainly determined by screening effects, is found to have quasi-linear dependence on the 1-D channel electron density, and its dependence on fixed charge density and interface layer thickness is discussed.

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Electron Devices, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:56 ,  Issue: 6 )