A novel two-step rapid thermal annealing (RTA) process has been developed to significantly reduce the crystallization time for the solid-phase crystallization (SPC) of amorphous silicon films. In comparison with the conventional SPC processes, it not only keeps a low thermal budget but also achieves a larger poly-Si film grain size than that obtained by one-step RTA, and even as large as that obtained by conventional furnace annealing (CFA). Furthermore, poly-Si thin-film transistors fabricated by such a novel annealing scheme possess electrical characteristics superior to those obtained by one-step RTA and comparable to those obtained by long-time CFA.
|Journal||Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 2: Letters|
|Issue number||1 A/B|
|State||Published - 15 Jan 2000|