Effect of source/drain undercut on the performance of pentacene thin-film transistors on plastic

Sung Hwan Kim; Hye Young Choi; Jin Jang
November 2004
Applied Physics Letters;11/8/2004, Vol. 85 Issue 19, p4514
Academic Journal
We studied the electrical properties of bottom contact pentacene thin-film transistors (TFTs) on plastic with and without source/drain undercut. The undercut depends on the Cr thickness in Au/Cr source/drain electrodes, where Au is used for the ohmic contact with pentacene, and the Cr is to enhance the adhesion of Au to the cross-linked poly-4-vinyphenol gate insulator. The undercut can be removed by reducing the Cr thickness less than 5 nm. The TFTs with and without undercut exhibited the field-effect mobility in the saturation region of 0.96 and 1.3 cm2/V s, respectively, but in the linear region the field-effect mobility of the TFT with source/drain undercut is ∼1/9 that of the organic TFT without undercut.


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