We report a tunneling contact indium-gallium-zinc oxide (IGZO) thin film transistor (TFT) with a graphene interlayer technique in this paper. A Schottky junction is realized between a metal and IGZO with a graphene interlayer, leading to a quantum tunneling of the TFT transport in saturation regions. This tunneling contact enables a significant reduction in the saturation drain voltage Vdsat compared to that of the thermionic emission TFTs, which is usually equal to the gate voltage minus their threshold voltages. Measured temperature independences of the subthreshold swing confirm a transition from the thermionic emission to quantum tunneling transports depending on the gate bias voltages in the proposed device. The tunneling contact TFTs with the graphene interlayer have implications to reduce the power consumptions of certain applications such as the active matrix OLED display.

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