This letter describes the fabrication and properties of bendable single-crystal-silicon thin film transistors formed on plastic substrates. These devices use ultrathin single-crystal silicon ribbons for the semiconductor, with optimized device layouts and low-temperature gate dielectrics. The level of performance that can be achieved approaches that of traditional silicon transistors on rigid bulk wafers: effective mobilities > 500 cm2/V · s, ON/OFF ratios > 105, and response frequencies > 500 MHz at channel lengths of 2 μm. This type of device might provide a promising route to flexible digital circuits for classes of applications whose performance requirements cannot be satisfied with organic semiconductors, amorphous silicon, or other related approaches.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering