Title: Effects of NH3 plasma passivation on N-channel polycrystalline silicon thin-film transistors
Authors: Cheng, HC
Wang, FS
Huang, CY
Nano Facility Center
Issue Date: 1-Jan-1997
Abstract: The NH3-plasma passivation has been performed on polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) thin-film transistors (TFT's). It is found that the TFT's after the NH3-plasma passivation achieve better device performance, including the off-current below 0.1 pA/mu m and the on/off current ratio higher than 10(8), and also better hot-carrier reliability than the H-2-plasma ones. Based on optical emission spectroscopy (OES) and secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) analysis, these improvements were attributed to not only the hydrogen passivation of the defect states, but also the nitrogen pile-up at SiO2/poly-Si interface and the strong Si-N bond formation to terminate the dangling bonds at the grain boundaries of the polysilicon films. Furthermore, the gate-oxide leakage current significantly decreases and the oxide breakdown voltage slightly increases after applying NH3-plasma treatment. This novel process is of potential use for the fabrication of TFT/LCD's and TFT/SRAM's.
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/16.554793
ISSN: 0018-9383
DOI: 10.1109/16.554793
Volume: 44
Issue: 1
Begin Page: 64
End Page: 68
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