Low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS) has emerged as a dominant technology for high performance thin-film transistors (TFTs) used in mobile liquid crystal display (LCD) and organic light emitting diode (OLED) display products. As users demand higher quality in flat panel displays with a larger viewing area and finer resolution, the improvement in carrier mobility of LTPS compared to that of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) makes it an excellent candidate as a channel material for TFT. Advantages include improvements in switching speed and the ability to incorporate peripheral scan and data driver circuitry onto a low cost display substrate. Solid-phase crystallization (SPC) is a useful technique to realize polysilicon films due to its simplicity and low cost compared to excimer-laser annealing (ELA),which has many challenges in back-plane manufacturing on large glass panels.Metal induced crystallization (MIC) results in polycrystalline silicon films with grain size as large as tens of microns. Flash-lamp annealing (FLA) is a new and novel method to crystallize a-Si films at high temperature without distortion of the glass substrate by performing an annealing within millisecond range.This work investigates SPC, MIC and FLA techniques to realize LTPS films. In addition, TFTs were designed and fabricated to characterize the device quality of the semiconductor layer, and to compare the performance of different structural arrangements.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Thin film transistors--Materials; Thin film transistors--Design and construction; Crystallization; Annealing of crystals
Department, Program, or Center
Microelectronic Engineering (KGCOE)
Li, Qinglong, "Investigation on solid-phase crystallization techniques for low temperature polysilicon thin-film transistors" (2013). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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