Stress control for overlay registration in a-Si:H TFTs on flexible organic-polymer-foil substrates

I. Chun Cheng, Alexis Kattamis, Ke Long, James C. Sturm, Sigurd Wagner

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Mechanical stress in hydrogenated amorphous-silicon (a-Si:H) thin-film transistors (TFTs) is becoming an important design parameter, especially when the TFTs are made on compliant substrates. Excessive stress always has been avoided to prevent film fracture and peeling. Now, attention is turning to the effects of stress on the TFT backplane dimensions and hence on the overlay alignment. The goal is to keep the size of the circuit-on-substrate composite structure the same at successive critical photolithographic steps. This is done most easily by keeping the structure flat. We show that a compensating stress can be dialed into the silicon nitride (SiNx) gate dielectric to also keep the substrate size constant. Varying the stress in the SiNx gate dielectric did not significantly change the as-fabricated TFT characteristics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)563-568
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Society for Information Display
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Amorphous silicon
  • Deposition power
  • Overlay registration
  • Plastic substrate
  • Silicon nitride
  • Stress control
  • Thin-film transistor


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