This letter describes the fabrication and properties of bendable single-crystal-silicon thin film transistors formed on plastic substrates. These devices use ultrathin single-crystal silicon ribbons for the semiconductor, with optimized device layouts and low-temperature gate dielectrics. The level of performance that can be achieved approaches that of traditional silicon transistors on rigid bulk wafers: effective mobilities > 500 cm2/V · s, ON/OFF ratios > 105, and response frequencies > 500 MHz at channel lengths of 2 μm. This type of device might provide a promising route to flexible digital circuits for classes of applications whose performance requirements cannot be satisfied with organic semiconductors, amorphous silicon, or other related approaches.
- Flexible circuits
- Printed transistors
- Silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafer
- Thin film transistor (TFT)
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering