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Contact effects in polymer field-effect transistors
Author(s): D. Natelson; B. H. Hamadani; J. W. Ciszek; D. A. Corley; J. M. Tour
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Paper Abstract

Contact resistances often contribute significantly to the overall device resistance in organic field-effect transistors (OFETs). Understanding charge injection at the metal-organic interface is critical to optimizing OFET device performance. We have performed a series of experiments using bottom-contact poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) OFETs in the shallow channel limit to examine the injection process. When contacts are ohmic we find that contact resistivity is inversely proportional to carrier mobility, consistent with diffusion-limited injection. However, data from devices with other electrode materials indicate that this simple picture is inadequate to describe contacts with significant barriers. A generalized transmission line method allows the analysis of nonohmic contacts, and we find reasonable agreement with a model for injection that accounts for the hopping nature of conduction in the polymer. Variation of the (unintentional) dopant concentration in the P3HT can significantly alter the injection process via changes in metal-organic band alignment. At very low doping levels, transport suggests the formation of a barrier at the Au/P3HT interface, while Pt/P3HT contacts remain ohmic with comparatively low resistance. We recently observed that self-assembled monolayers on the metal source/drain electrodes can significantly decrease contact resistance and maintain ohmic conduction under conditions that would result in nonohmic, high resistance contacts to untreated electrodes. Finally, we discuss measurements on extremely short channel devices, in the initial steps toward examining transport through individual polymer chains.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 2006
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 6336, Organic Field-Effect Transistors V, 63360M (25 August 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.682454
Show Author Affiliations
D. Natelson, Rice Univ. (United States)
B. H. Hamadani, Rice Univ. (United States)
J. W. Ciszek, Rice Univ. (United States)
D. A. Corley, Rice Univ. (United States)
J. M. Tour, Rice Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6336:
Organic Field-Effect Transistors V
Zhenan Bao; David J. Gundlach, Editor(s)

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