Brain inspired artificial synapses are highly desirable for neuromorphic computing and are an alternative to a conventional computing system. Here, we report a simple and cost-effective ferroelectric capacitively coupled zinc-tin oxide (ZTO) thin-film transistor (TFT) topped with ferroelectric copolymer poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) (P(VDF-TrFE)) for artificial synaptic devices. Ferroelectric dipoles enhance the charge trapping/detrapping effect in ZTO TFT, as confirmed by the transfer curve (ID-VG) analysis. This substantiates superior artificial synapse responses in ferroelectric-coupled ZTO TFT because the current potentiation and depression are individually improved. The ferroelectric-coupled ZTO TFT successfully emulates the essential features of the artificial synapse, including pair-pulsed facilitation (PPF) and potentiation/depression (P/D) characteristics. In addition, the device also mimics the memory consolidation behavior through intensified stimulation. This work demonstrates that the ferroelectric-coupled ZTO synaptic transistor possesses great potential as a hardware candidate for neuromorphic computing.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Materials Science