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J Nanosci Nanotechnol. 2012 Jul;12(7):5592-7.

A novel fabrication method for the nanoscale tunneling field effect transistor.

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  • 1Inter-University Semiconductor Research Center (ISRC) and School of Electrical Engineering, Seoul National University, 1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 151-744, Korea.


Tunneling Field Effect Transistors (TFETs) are considered as a candidate for low power applications. However, most of TFETs have been researched on only for long channels due to the misalignment problem that occurs during the source/drain doping process in device fabrication. Thus, a new method is proposed for the fabrication of TFETs in nanoscale regions. This proposed fabrication process does not need an additional mask to define the source/drain regions, and makes it possible to form a self-aligned source/drain doping process. In addition, through TCAD simulation, the electrical characteristics of a TFET with dopant engineering and a rounded gate edge shape for a higher on/off current ratio were investigated. As a result, the TFET showed the properties of a larger on-current, a lower average subthreshold swing (58.5 mV/dec), and a 30-fold smaller leakage current compared to the conventional TFET The TFET with dopant engineering and a rounded gate edge shape can also be fabricated simply through the proposed fabrication process.

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