Low temperature and radiation stability of flexible IGZO TFTs and their suitability for space applications

Costa, Julio C, Pouryazdan, Arash, Panidi, Julianna, Anthopoulos, Thomas, Liedke, Maciej O, Schneider, Christof, Wagner, Andreas and Munzenrieder, Niko (2018) Low temperature and radiation stability of flexible IGZO TFTs and their suitability for space applications. ESSDERC: 48th European Solid-State Device Research Conference, Dresden, Germany, 3-6 September 2018. Published in: 2018 48th European Solid-State Device Research Conference (ESSDERC). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ISSN 1930-8876 ISBN 9781538654026

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In this paper, Low Earth Orbit radiation and temperature conditions are mimicked to investigate the suitability of flexible Indium-Gallium-Zinc-Oxide transistors for lightweight space-wearables. Such wearable devices could be incorporated into spacesuits as unobtrusive sensors such as radiation detectors or physiological monitors. Due to the harsh environment to which these space-wearables would be exposed, they have to be able to withstand high radiation doses and low temperatures. For this reason, the impacts of high energetic electron irradiation with fluences up to 1012 e-/cm2 and low operating temperatures down to 78 K, are investigated. This simulates 278 h in a Low Earth Orbit. The threshold voltage and mobility of transistors that were exposed to e- irradiation are found to shift by +0.09 ± 0.05V and -0.6 ± 0.5cm2 V-1 s-1. Subsequent low temperature exposure resulted in additional shifts of +0.38 V and -5.95 cm2 V-1 s-1 for the same parameters. These values are larger than the ones obtained from non-irradiated reference samples. If this is considered during the systems’ design, these devices can be used to unobtrusively integrate sensor systems into space-suits.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Research Centres and Groups: Sensor Technology Research Centre
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Depositing User: Julio Costa
Date Deposited: 23 May 2018 09:53
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2019 17:07
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/76032

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