Improved Performance of Amorphous InGaZnO Thin-Film Transistor With $\hbox{Ta}_{2}\hbox{O}_{5}$ Gate Dielectric by Using La Incorporation

L. X. Qian, X. Z. Liu, C. Y. Han, P. T. Lai
2014 IEEE transactions on device and materials reliability  
In this paper, a comparative study of amorphous InGaZnO thin-film transistors with Ta 2 O 5 and TaLaO gate dielectrics has been conducted. It is found that the electrical characteristics of thin-film transistors, including saturation carrier mobility, subthreshold swing, hysteresis, and on-off current ratio, can be effectively improved by the incorporation of La in Ta 2 O 5 gate dielectric, which is ascribed to the fact that La incorporation can enlarge the bandgap of Ta oxide and its
more » ... -band offset with InGaZnO and also reduce the trap densities in the gate dielectric and at the InGaZnO/gate-dielectric interface. As a result, the sample with higher La concentration in the gate dielectric presents superior electrical characteristics, e.g., a high carrier mobility of 30.9 cm 2 /V · s, a small subthreshold swing of 0.17 V/dec, and slight hysteresis. Moreover, low-frequency noise measurement and X-ray photoelectron spectrum further support that the improvements in electrical properties are due to reduced trap densities induced by the incorporation of La in the Ta 2 O 5 gate dielectric. Index Terms-Amorphous InGaZnO (a-IGZO), thin-film transistor (TFT), Ta 2 O 5 , TaLaO, high-k, carrier mobility, subthreshold swing.
doi:10.1109/tdmr.2014.2365702 fatcat:4w45vrtowfbljl5rxkmtbmmzxa