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A systematic study has been made of the conduction process in polycrystalline-silicon thin film transistors (poly-Si TFTs) using carrier flow parallel and perpendicular to sub-grain-boundaries in sequentially laterally solidified material. The objective of this investigation was to obtain an unambiguous characterization of grain boundary (GB) behavior. By studying orthogonal TFTs in this anisotropic material, it was possible to distinguish grain boundary carrier trapping from intragrain trapping. In conventional poly-Si, the material is isotropic over distances greater than the grain size of∼ 300 nm⁠, and there is no direct and clear-cut way of distinguishing between intragrain and intergrain trapping centers. In the experimental samples, the thermal activation energy of the channel current was measured in the two orthogonal directions, and the difference in activation energy was related to carrier flow over perpendicular sub …
AIP Publishing
Publication date: 
1 May 2007

A Valletta, A Bonfiglietti, M Rapisarda, L Mariucci, G Fortunato, SD Brotherton

Biblio References: 
Volume: 101 Issue: 9
Journal of applied physics