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Strain induced modulation of switching behavior in carbon nanotube tunneling field effect transistors

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3 Author(s)
Nakano, T. ; Dept. of Electr. & Electron. Eng., Kobe Univ., Kobe, Japan ; Ogawa, Matsuto ; Souma, Satofumi

We study numerically the effect of axial strain on the band structure of semiconducting carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and the transport characteristics of CNT based band-to-band tunneling field effect transistors (CNT-TFETs). By making use of empirical tight-binding method and the non-equilibrium Green's function formalism, we found that applying the axial tensile strain can dramatically suppresses the off-leakage current in CNT-TFETs, and makes the subthreshold swing steeper. Such improvement of the device performance can be understood qualitatively to be caused by the band gap modulation in the CNT channel region.

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Future of Electron Devices, Kansai (IMFEDK), 2012 IEEE International Meeting for

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9-11 May 2012