Phonon-scattering effects in CNT-FETs with different dimensions and dielectric materials

Roberto Grassi, Stefano Poli, Susanna Reggiani, Elena Gnani, Antonio Gnudi, Giorgio Baccarani

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The impact of acoustic and optical phonon scattering on the performance of CNT-FETs is investigated using a full-quantum transport model within the NEGF formalism. Different gate lengths, dielectric materials and chiralities are considered. It is shown that the use of a high-κ dielectric lowers the off-current dominated by phonon-assisted band-to-band tunneling. The device scalability is demonstrated: with the oxide thickness fixed to 1.5 nm, good performance is obtained with 15 nm and 10 nm gate lengths with SiO2 and HfO2 gate dielectrics, respectively. The role of phonon scattering in CNT-FETs of different chiralities is investigated for the HfO2 devices. A similar analysis has also been carried out for source/drain underlap geometries. The results confirm that the calculation of the off-currents and delay times is strongly influenced by phonon scattering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1329-1335
Number of pages7
JournalSolid-State Electronics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2008

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The work has been partially supported by EU IST Network SINANO (Contract No. 506844) and PULLNANO project (FP6 IST-026828-IP).

Copyright 2008 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Band-to-band tunneling
  • Carbon nanotube
  • Non-equilibrium Green's function formalism
  • Phonon scattering
  • Quantum transport

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