Suppression of Interfacial Current Fluctuation in MoTe2 Transistors with Different Dielectrics

Hyunjin Ji, Min Kyu Joo, Yoojoo Yun, Ji Hoon Park, Gwanmu Lee, Byoung Hee Moon, Hojoon Yi, Dongseok Suh, Seong Chu Lim

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For transition metal dichalcogenides, the fluctuation of the channel current due to charged impurities is attributed to a large surface area and a thickness of a few nanometers. To investigate current variance at the interface of transistors, we obtain the low-frequency (LF) noise features of MoTe2 multilayer field-effect transistors with different dielectric environments. The LF noise properties are analyzed using the combined carrier mobility and carrier number fluctuation model which is additionally parametrized with an interfacial Coulomb-scattering parameter (α) that varies as a function of the accumulated carrier density (Nacc) and the location of the active channel layer of MoTe2. Our model shows good agreement with the current power spectral density (PSD) of MoTe2 devices from a low to high current range and indicates that the parameter α exhibits a stronger dependence on Nacc with an exponent -γ of -1.18 to approximately -1.64 for MoTe2 devices, compared with -0.5 for Si devices. The raised Coulomb scattering of the carriers, particularly for a low-current regime, is considered to be caused by the unique traits of layered semiconductors such as interlayer coupling and the charge distribution strongly affected by the device structure under a gate bias, which completely change the charge screening effect in MoTe2 multilayer. Comprehensive static and LF noise analyses of MoTe2 devices with our combined model reveal that a chemical-vapor deposited h-BN monolayer underneath MoTe2 channel and the Al2O3 passivation layer have a dissimilar contribution to the reduction of current fluctuation. The three-fold enhanced carrier mobility due to the h-BN is from the weakened carrier scattering at the gate dielectric interface and the additional 30% increase in carrier mobility by Al2O3 passivation is due to the reduced interface traps.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19092-19099
Number of pages8
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number29
StatePublished - 27 Jul 2016

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  • MoTe transistor
  • carrier number/mobility fluctuation
  • h-BN gate dielectric
  • interfacial Coulomb scattering
  • low-frequency noise


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