, Downs, P., Price, R. & Atkinson, D.
(2017). Densification of a-IGZO with low-temperature annealing for flexible electronics applications. Applied Physics Letters 110
Author(s) from Durham
Amorphous InGaZnO (a-IGZO) thin-film transistors are a leading contender for active channel materials in next generation flat panel displays and flexible electronics. Improved electronic functionality has been linked to the increased density of a-IGZO, and while much work has looked at high-temperature processes, studies at temperatures compatible with flexible substrates are needed. Here, compositional and structural analyses show that short term, low-temperature annealing (<6 h) can increase the density of sputtered a-IGZO by up to 5.6% for temperatures below 300 °C, which is expected to improve the transistor performance, while annealing for longer times leads to a subsequent decrease in density due to oxygen absorption.