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Carbon Nanotube Field-Effect Transistors: An Evaluation. D.L. Pulfrey, L.C. Castro, D.L. John. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering University of British Columbia Vancouver, B.C. V6T1Z4, Canada [email protected] S.Iijima, Nature 354 (1991) 56.

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Carbon Nanotube Field-Effect Transistors:

An Evaluation

D.L. Pulfrey, L.C. Castro, D.L. John

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of British Columbia

Vancouver, B.C. V6T1Z4, Canada

[email protected]

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S.Iijima, Nature 354 (1991) 56

Single-wall and multi-wall NANOTUBES

Compare: flaxen hair - 20,000 nm

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CNT formation by catalytic CVD

2000nm

5m islands in PMMA

patterned by EBL

LPD of Fe/Mo/Al catalyst

Lift-off PMMA

No field

CVD from methane at 1000C

J.Kong et al., Nature, 395, 878, 1998

A. Ural et al., Appl. Phys. Lett., 81, 3464, 2002

Growth in field (1V/micron)

single walled carbon nanotube

2p orbital, 1e-(-bonds)

Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube

Hybridized carbon atom  graphene monolayer  carbon nanotube

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Structure (n,m):

(5,2) Tube

VECTOR NOTATION FOR NANOTUBES

Chiral tube

Adapted from Richard Martel

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E-EF (eV) vs. k|| (1/nm)

Eg/2

(5,0) semiconducting

(5,5) metallic

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Doping

  • Substitutional unlikely
  • Adsorbed possible
  • e.g., K, O

Tubes are naturally intrinsic

  • Interior possible
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Phonons

  • Acoustic phonons (twistons) mfp  300 nm
  • Optical phonons
  • mfp  15 nm

Ballistic

transport

possible

fabricated carbon nanotube fets

Nanotube

Fabricated Carbon Nanotube FETs
  • Few prototypes
    • [Tans98]: 1st published device
    • [Wind02]: Top-gated CNFET
    • [Rosenblatt02]: Electrolyte-gated
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CLOSED COAXIAL NANOTUBE FET STRUCTURE

chirality: (16,0)

radius: 0.62 nm

bandgap: 0.63 eV

length: 15 - 100 nm

oxide thickness: (RG-RT): 2 - 6 nm

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E

kz

kx

kx

MODE CONSTRICTION

and

TRANSMISSION

Doubly degenerate lowest mode

T

CNT (few modes)

METAL (many modes)

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Eb

Quantum Capacitance Limit

gate

Cins

insulator

CQ

nanotube

source

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Quantum Capacitance and Sub-threshold Slope

High k dielectrics:

zirconia - 25

water - 80

70 mV/decade !

- Javey et al., Nature Materials, 1, 241, 2002

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AMBIPOLAR CONDUCTION

Experimental data:

M. Radosavljevic et al.,

arXiv: cond-mat/0305570 v1

Vds= - 0.4V

Vgs=

-0.15

+0.05

+0.30

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Minimize the OFF Current

S,D = 3.9 eV

Increasing G  3.0, 4.37 eV

G = 4.2 eV

Increasing S,D 

3.9, 4.2, 4.5 eV

ON/OFF 103

general non equilibrium case

E

E

1D DOS

E

EFS

g(E)

EFD

0.5

f(E)

f(E)

0.5

General non-equilibrium case

Non-equilib f(E)

Q(z,E)=qf(E)g(E)

Solve Poisson iteratively

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Quantized Conductance

In the low-temperature limit:

Interfacial G: even when transport is ballistic in CNT

155 S for M=2

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Measured Conductance

G  0.4 Gmax

at 280K !!

A. Javey et al., Nature, 424, 654, 2003

  • No tunneling barriers
  • Low R contacts (Pd)
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Drain Saturation Current

VGS

Eb

EF

If T=1

Get BJT behaviour!

Zero-height Schottky barrier

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ON Current: Measured and Possible

CQ limit

S,D= 3.9eV

G = 4.37eV

80% of

QC limit!

Present world record

Javey et al., Nature, 424, 654, 2003

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Predicted Drain Current

-ve

0

+ve

Vgs=Vds=0.4V

70mA/m !!

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Transconductance

Low VDS: modulate for G

High VDS: modulate VGS for gm

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Transconductance: Measured and Possible

CQ limit

S,D= 3.9eV

G = 4.37eV

80% of

QC limit!

Highest measured:

Rosenblatt et al.

Nano. Lett., 2, 869, 2002

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CNFET Logic

A.Javey et al., Nature Materials, 1, 241, 2002

Gain=60

0,0

1st OR-gate

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Recognition-based assembly

CNTs Functionalized with DNA

Williams, Veenhuizen, de la Torre, Eritja and Dekker Nature,420, 761, 2002.

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CONCLUSIONS

  • Schottky barriers play a crucial role in determining the drain current.
  • Negative barrier devices enable:
    • control of ambipolarity,
    • high ON/OFF ratios,
    • near ultimate-limit S, G, ID, gm.
  • CNFETs can be self-assembled via biological recognition.
  • CNs have excellent thermal and mechanical properties.
  • CNFETs deserve serious study as molecular transistors.
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Compelling Properties of Carbon Nanotubes

  • Nanoscale
  • Bandgap tunability
  • Metals and semiconductors
  • Ballistic transport
  • Strong covalent bonding:
  • -- strength and stability of graphite
  • -- reduced electromigration (high current operation)
  • -- no surface states (less scattering, compatibility with many insulators)
  • High thermal conductivity
  • -- almost as high as diamond (dense circuits)
  • Let’s make transistors!
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CHIRAL NANOTUBES

Armchair

Zig-Zag

Chiral

From: Dresselhaus, Dresselhaus & Eklund. 1996 Science of Fullerenes

and Carbon Nanotubes. San Diego, Academic Press. Adapted from Richard Martel.

carbon nanotube properties
Carbon Nanotube Properties
  • Graphene sheet 2D E(k//,k)
    • Quantization of transverse wavevectors

k (along tube circumference)

 Nanotube 1D E(k//)

  • Nanotube 1D density-of-states derived from [E(k//)/k]-1
  • Get E(k//)vs. k(k//,k) from Tight-Binding Approximation
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Tight Binding

David John, UBC

Wolfe et al., “Physical Properties of Semiconductors”

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David John

Density of States

(5,0) tube

E(eV) vs. DOS (100/eV/nm)

E(eV) vs. k|| (1/nm)

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Tuning the Bandgap

T. Odom et al., Nature, 391, 62, 1998

Eg < 0.1 eV for d > 7 nm

“zero bandgap” semiconductor

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The Ideal Structure

nanotube

oxide

gate

Coaxial

Planar

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CNT formation by catalytic CVD

5m islands in PMMA

patterned by EBL

1000nm

LPD of Fe/Mo/Al catalyst

300nm

Lift-off PMMA

CVD from methane at 1000C

2000nm

J.Kong et al., Nature, 395, 878, 1998

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CNT formation by E-field assisted CVD

V applied between Mo electrodes.

CVD from catalytic islands.

No field

10V applied

A. Ural et al., Appl. Phys. Lett., 81, 3464, 2002

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Nanotube

Bottom-gated Nanotube FETs

1st CNFET

S. Tans et al., Nature, 393, 49, 1998

Note very high ID

10mA/m

A. Javey et al., Nature, 424, 654, 2003

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Phenomenological treatment of metal/nanotube contacts

Evidence of work function-dependence of I-V: A. Javey et al., Nature, 424, 654, 2003

Zero holebarrier

schr dinger poisson model
Schrödinger-Poisson Model
  • Need full QM treatment to compute:
  • -- Q(z) within positive barrier regions
  • -- Q in evanescent states (MIGS)
  • -- S  D tunneling
  • -- resonance, coherence
schr dinger poisson model1
Schrödinger-Poisson Model

L.C. Castro,

D.L. John

S

CNT

D

Unbounded plane waves

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Increasing the Drain Current

Vgs=Vds=0.4V

70mA/m !!

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Array of vertically grown CNFETs

W.B. Choi et al., Appl. Phys. Lett., 79, 3696, 2001.

2x1011 CNTs/cm2 !!

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