Development of thin film transistors (TFTs) with conventional channel layer materials, such as amorphous silicon (a-Si) and polysilicon (poly-Si), has been extensively investigated. A-Si TFT currently serves the large flat panel industry; however advanced display products are demanding better TFT performance because of the associated low electron mobility of a-Si. This has motivated interest in semiconducting metal oxides, such as Zinc Oxide (ZnO), for TFT backplanes. This work involves the fabrication and characterization of TFTs using ZnO deposited by sputtering. An overview of the process details and results from recently fabricated TFTs following a full-factorial designed experiment will be presented. Material characterization and analysis of electrical results will be described. The investigated process variables were the gate dielectric and ZnO sputtering process parameters including power density and oxygen partial pressure. Electrical results showed clear differences in treatment combinations, with certain I-V characteristics demonstrating superior performance to preliminary work. A study of device stability will also be discussed.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Thin film transistors--Design and construction; Thin film transistors--Materials; Zinc oxide; Cathode sputtering (Plating process)
Department, Program, or Center
Electrical Engineering (KGCOE)
Xiao, Nan, "Thin-film transistors fabricated using sputter deposition of zno" (2013). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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