Compared with conventional silicon-based semiconductors, amorphous oxide semiconductors present several advantages, including the possibility of room-temperature fabrication, excellent uniformity, high transmittance, and high electron mobility. Notably, the application of oxide semiconductors to flexible electronic devices requires a low-temperature fabrication process. However, for the realization of semiconductor characteristics and stable products, the fabrication process requires annealing at temperatures of 300 °C or higher. To address this, a low-temperature microwave annealing method, which improves the electrical characteristics of a transistor and reduces the production time compared with the conventional annealing method, is presented herein. Microwave annealing is a well-known method of annealing that minimizes the heat energy transferred to a substrate via instantaneous heat transfer through the vibrations of the lattice in the material during microwave irradiation and is suitable as a low-temperature annealing method. In this study, we evaluate the electrical characteristics of devices subjected to conventional annealing at 200 °C and 300 °C for 1 h and microwave annealing at 200 °C for 10 min. For the device subjected to microwave annealing at 200 °C for 10 min, the threshold voltage, current on/off ratio, subthreshold swing, and saturation mobility are 13.9 V, 1.14 × 105, 3.05 V/dec, and 4.23 cm2/V (Formula presented.) s, respectively. These characteristic results are far superior to the characteristic results of the device subjected to conventional annealing at 200 °C for 1 h and are equivalent to those of the device treated at 300 °C for 1 h. Thus, this study develops a more effective annealing method, which facilitates low-temperature fabrication in a reduced period.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This study was supported by the Sahmyook University Research Fund (2020).
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- amorphous indium-gallium-zinc-oxide
- defect states
- low-temperature process
- microwave annealing
- thermal annealing
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Control and Systems Engineering
- Signal Processing
- Hardware and Architecture
- Computer Networks and Communications
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering