Performance evaluation of ballistic silicon nanowire transistors with atomic-basis dispersion relations

Jing Wang; Rahman, Anisur; Ghosh, Avik; Klimeck, Gerhard; Lundstrom, Mark
February 2005
Applied Physics Letters;2/28/2005, Vol. 86 Issue 9, p093113
Academic Journal
In this letter, we explore the band structure effects on the performance of ballistic silicon nanowire transistors (SNWTs). The energy dispersion relations for silicon nanowires are evaluated with an sp3d5s* tight binding model. Based on the calculated dispersion relations, the ballistic currents for both n-type and p-type SNWTs are evaluated by using a seminumerical ballistic model. For large diameter nanowires, we find that the ballistic p-SNWT delivers half the ON-current of a ballistic n-SNWT. For small diameters, however, the ON-current of the p-type SNWT approaches that of its n-type counterpart. Finally, the carrier injection velocity for SNWTs is compared with those for planar metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors, clearly demonstrating the impact of quantum confinement on the performance limits of SNWTs.


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