Simulation of the drain-current characteristics of MOSFETs with ultrathin oxides in the presence of direct tunneling

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Carrier tunneling in the gate dielectric, especially in the direct-tunneling regime where large current densities flow through the gate oxide, are known to result in substantial changes in the drain-current characteristics of MOSFETs. In this paper, we present simulation results of the drain-current characteristics of MOSFETs with ultrathin oxide using Tunnel-PISCES, a MOSFET tunneling simulator that models electron tunneling through the gate dielectric in a self-consistent manner with carrier transport by drift and diffusion in the substrate. We are able to predict the experimental trends reported for the dependence of the drain current of ultrathin-oxide MOSFETs on gate-oxide thickness. This tunneling simulation capability provides a means for generating MOSFET sizing guidelines to avoid tunneling-induced drain-current degradation.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Shiely, JP; Massoud, HZ

Published Date

  • January 1, 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 48 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 101 - 104

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0167-9317

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S0167-9317(99)00347-0

Citation Source

  • Scopus