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Solution processed Li5AlO4 dielectric for low voltage transistor fabrication and its application in metal oxide/quantum dot heterojunction phototransistors

Sharma, Anand and Chourasia, Nitesh K and Sugathan, Anumol and Kumar, Yogesh and Jit, Satyabrata and Liu, Shun-Wei and Pandey, Anshu and Biring, Sajal and Pal, Bhola N (2018) Solution processed Li5AlO4 dielectric for low voltage transistor fabrication and its application in metal oxide/quantum dot heterojunction phototransistors. In: JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY C, 6 (4). pp. 790-798.

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Li5AlO4, a well-known material for solid state electrolyte application, has never been considered hitherto as a gate dielectric of metal oxide thin film transistors (TFTs). Here we demonstrate the salient features of Li5AlO4 as a gate dielectric outperforming the conventional inorganic dielectrics used in TFTs. The high dielectric constant (k) of this insulator has been achieved by utilizing the improved capacitance contributed by mobile lithium ions (Li+) within the dielectric film. We have synthesized this dielectric via a cost-effective sol-gel method followed by a low-temperature annealing process yielding three phases such as amorphous-Li5AlO4 (a-Li5AlO4), a-Li5AlO4, and b-Li5AlO4 under different annealing conditions. Optimized TFTs fabricated with all of these three phases of Li5AlO4 on top of a highly doped silicon (p(++)-Si) wafer and a solution processed semiconducting layer of indium zinc oxide (IZO) exhibit an excellent TFT performance at different operating voltages. Among these three different types of TFTs, the device with an alpha-Li5AlO4 gate dielectric annealed at 500 degrees C shows the best device performance with an on/off ratio of 5 x 10(4) and an electron mobility of 21.4 +/- 2.16 cm(2) V-1 s(-1). In addition, this device requires the least drain voltage (<2 V) to reach the saturation drain current due to the higher Li+ mobility of the alpha-Li5AlO4( gate dielectric. This TFT performance on the p(++)-Si substrate is superior to that of a previously reported device with a sodium beta-alumina (SBA) gate dielectric, where the percentage of mobile ions within the dielectric material was comparatively much lower. Moreover, this dielectric requires B300 degrees C lower annealing temperature compared to the SBA dielectric. A metal oxide/quantum dot heterojunction phototransistor was fabricated by coating an IZO TFT with colloidal lead sulphide (PbS) quantum dots that shows a responsivity and a response time of 4.5 x 10(-4)A W-1 and 2.2 s respectively.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belong to the ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY, THOMAS GRAHAM HOUSE, SCIENCE PARK, MILTON RD, CAMBRIDGE CB4 0WF, CAMBS, ENGLAND
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit
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Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2018 14:51
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2018 14:51
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/59090

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