This paper investigates the impact of quantum confinement (QC) on the backgate-bias (V bg) modulated subthreshold and threshold-voltage (V th) characteristics of ultra-thin-body germanium-on-insulator (UTB GeOI) MOSFETs using an analytical solution of the Schrdinger equation verified with TCAD numerical simulation. Our study indicates that the QC effect reduces the sensitivity of the subthreshold swing to V bg. In addition, the sensitivity of V th to V bg can be enhanced by the QC effect particularly for electrostatically well-behaved UTB MOSFETs with triangular potential well. Aside from that, the sensitivity of V th roll-off to V bg is reduced by the QC effect. Since Ge and Si channels exhibit different degrees of QC due to different quantization effective mass, the impact of QC has to be considered when one-to-one comparisons between GeOI and SOI MOSFETs regarding the backgate-bias modulated threshold-voltage and subthreshold characteristics are made. Our study may provide insights for multi-V th device/circuit designs using advanced UTB GeOI technologies.
- Backgate bias
- germanium-on-insulator (GeOI)
- quantum confinement (QC)
- ultra-thin body (UTB)