Floating-Gate a-Si:H TFT Nonvolatile Memories Conference Paper uri icon


  • Charge and discharge phenomena of the floating-gate amorphous silicon thin film transistor have been studied under dynamic operation conditions. The charge storage capacity decreases with the increase of the drain voltage because it is easier for electrons to be transported to the drain electrode than to be injected into the gate dielectric layer. The discharge efficiency with respect to the drain voltage has been investigated using three different discharge methods: negative gate bias voltage, light exposure, and thermal annealing, separately. The channel length affected both the charge capacity and the discharge efficiency due to the charge storage mechanism and the channel resistance. Majority of the stored charges were removed with the above method through various mechanisms. The low temperature favors the charge storage but the high temperature favors the discharge. This study revealed key parameters for the optimum operation of the low temperature fabricated nonvolatile memory device. © 2008 Materials Research Society.

author list (cited authors)

  • Kuo, Y., & Nominanda, H.

publication date

  • December 2008