APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, v. 92, 043125, 2008


Power dissipation has become a major obstacle in performance scaling of modern integrated circuits, and has spurred the search for devices operating at lower voltage swing. In this letter, we study p-i-n band-to-band tunneling field effect transistors (TFET) taking semiconducting carbon nanotubes as the channel material. The on-current of these devices is mainly limited by the tunneling barrier properties, and phonon scattering has only a moderate effect. We show, however, that the off-current is limited by phonon absorption assisted tunneling, and thus is strongly temperature-dependent. Subthreshold swings below the 60mV/decade conventional limit can be readily achieved even at room temperature. Interestingly, although subthreshold swing degrades due to the effects of phonon scattering, it remains low under practical biasing conditions.

Date of this Version

June 2008