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Organic phototransistor behavior and light-accelerated bias stress
Author(s): Maarten Debucquoy; Stijn Verlaak; Soeren Stoedel; Kris Myny; Jan Genoe; Paul Heremans
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Paper Abstract

We studied pentacene thin film field-effect transistors to characterize their behavior as organic phototransistors. The shift in turn-on voltage (Von), responsible for the high sensitivity of these devices to illumination, is proved to be dependent on the illumination time and applied gate voltage during illumination, a relationship which was, until now, completely neglected in the description of these devices. Moreover, we show this behavior to be similar to the shift in Von during bias stress experiments in the dark and both processes can be described with the same Von vs time relationship, already previously reported for dark bias stress experiments on organic transistors. By comparing these characteristics in devices with a different treatment of the gate dielectric, trapping of electrons by OH-groups at the gate dielectric/organic semiconductor interface is indicated as a main origin for these shifts in Von. In this way we do not only reduce organic phototransistors behavior to light-accelerated bias stress in unstable thin film transistors, but also pin-point one major cause of organic transistor instability.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2007
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6658, Organic Field-Effect Transistors VI, 66580R (13 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.734157
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Maarten Debucquoy, IMEC (Belgium)
Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium)
Stijn Verlaak, IMEC (Belgium)
Soeren Stoedel, IMEC (Belgium)
Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium)
Kris Myny, IMEC (Belgium)
Jan Genoe, IMEC (Belgium)
Paul Heremans, IMEC (Belgium)
Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6658:
Organic Field-Effect Transistors VI
Zhenan Bao; David J. Gundlach, Editor(s)

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