The effect of trapped charge on silicon nanowire pseudo-MOSFETs

Incheol Nam, Minsuk Kim, Syed Faraz Najam, Eunhong Lee, Sungwoo Hwang, Sangsig Kim

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The effects of organic molecules grafted on top of silicon nanowires are modeled as the oxide trap charges (Qot) and interface trap charges (Qit). The device investigated here is a pseudo-MOSFET with a thick bottom oxide (200 nm) and only a thin native oxide (5 nm) on top. With Q ot = -5.0 × 1011 cm-2 and the U-shaped distribution of interface trap density (Dit) as a function of trap energy (Et), the structures are reproduced through the conventional technology computer aided design (TCAD) simulation tool, and the channel is imaginarily divided into several sections (5 × 5 regions) to apply the localized traps. The electrical parameters are extracted from the each part to quantitatively compare their effectiveness. The local position of the grafted molecules, modeled by these charges, is shown to result in strong variations in the relative change in the threshold voltage and subthreshold swing. These variations are explained by the surface depletion and scattering near the edges of the etched device and the series resistance effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6409-6412
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Sept

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors are thankful to the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi and the University Grants Commission, New Delhi for financial support.


  • Interface trap charge
  • Oxide trap charge
  • Pseudo-MOSFET
  • Silicon nanowire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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