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Modeling the gate bias dependence of contact resistance in staggered polycrystalline organic thin film transistors

Vincenzo Vinciguerra, Manuela La Rosa, Donata Nicolosi, Giovanni Sicurella, Luigi Occhipinti, Amsterdam (2009)

We have modeled the dependence on the gate voltage of the bulk contact resistance and interface contact resistance in staggered polycrystalline organic thin film transistors. In the specific, we have investigated how traps, at the grain boundaries of an organic semiconductor thin film layer placed between the metal electrode and the active layer, can contribute to the bulk contact resistance. In order to the take into account this contribution, within the frame of the grain boundary trapping model (GBTM), a model of the energy barrier EB, which emerges between the accumulation layer at the organic semiconductor/ insulator interface and injecting contact, has been proposed. Moreover, the lowering of the energy barrier at the contacts interface region has been included by considering the influence of the electric field generated by the accumulation layer on the injection of carriers at the source and on the collection of charges from the accumulation layer to the drain contact. This work outlines both a Schottky barrier lowering, determined by the accumulation layer opposite the source electrode, as well as a Poole-Frenkel mechanism determined by the electric field of the accumulation layer active at the drain contact region. Finally it is provided and tested an analytical equation of our model for the contact resistance, summarizing the Poole-Frenkel and Schottky barrier lowering contribution with the grain boundary trapping model.

Partners : STMicroelectronics

Place of Publication : Amsterdam

Date of Publication : 2009/05/27

Additional Data : Organic Electronics 10 (2009) 1074–1081

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