High Field-Effect Mobility Two-Channel InGaZnO Thin-Film Transistors for Low-Voltage Operation

Kwang Ro Yun, Hwa Seub Lee, Jong Ho Kim, Tae Ju Lee, Jin Seong Park, Tae Yeon Seong

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In this study, two-channel thin-film transistors (TC TFTs) using sputtered-deposited amorphous indium-gallium-zinc oxide (a-IGZO) as a channel layer and atomic-layer-deposition Al2O3 as gate insulator (GI) are proposed for wearable and portable device application. Symmetric-TC (S-TC) TFT structure consisted of conventional bottom gate (BG) TFT stacked on top of top gate (TG) TFT. Asymmetric-TC (A-TC) TFT contained BG TFT with tandem structure on the TG TFT. It was shown that the TC TFTs exhibited excellent performance such as high field-effect mobility ( $\mu _{\text {FE}}$ ) and ON/ OFF current ratio ( $I_{\scriptstyle{\text{ON/OFF}}}$ ) at low voltages (< 2 V). For instance, the S-TC TFTs gave $\mu _{\text {FE}}$ of 19.67 cm2/Vs and $I_{\scriptstyle{\text{ON/OFF}}}$ of $5.48\times 10^{{8}}$. Furthermore, the A-TC TFTs with tandem structure yielded $\mu _{\text {FE}}$ of 30.15 cm2/Vs, a small threshold voltage of -1.25, a low subthreshold swing of 89 mV/decade, and a high $I_{\scriptstyle{\text{ON/OFF}}}$ of $1.70\times 10^{{9}}$. It was found that the TC TFTs demonstrated better electrical performance than the sum of individual TG and BG TFTs. Under bias stress tests, the TC TFTs experience less ${V}_{\text {th}}$ shift ( $\Delta {V}_{\text {th}}$ ) than the TG and BG TFTs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6166-6170
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Electron Devices
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Dec 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT under Grant NRF-2017K1A1A2013160 and in part by the Brain Korea 21 Four Project.

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© 1963-2012 IEEE.


  • Amorphous indium-gallium-zinc oxide (a-IGZO)
  • field-effect mobility
  • low-voltage operation
  • two-channel thin-film transistor (TC TFTs)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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