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Polysilicon Nanowire Transistors and Arrays Fabricated With the Multispacer Technique

In this paper, we demonstrate the ability of the multi- spacer patterning technique to yield layers of polycrystalline silicon nanowires with a sublithographic pitch, by exclusively using micrometer resolution and CMOS processing steps. We characterize single spacers operating as poly-Si nanowire field effect transistors . We demonstrate also the possibility to lay a spacer perpendicularly to a set of parallel spacers in a crossbar fashion. The extrapolated cross-point density from the small 4 × 1-array is in the range of 10 exp10 cm−2 . We discuss the applications of this technique to improve the density of previously reported poly-SiNW memories and as a future framework for nanowire crossbars and decoders. Then we analyze the limitations and costs of the proposed technique.

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