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Study of Heat Dissipation Mechanism in Nanoscale MOSFETs Using BDE Model

By Houssem Rezgui, Faouzi Nasri, Mohamed Fadhel Ben Aissa and Amen Allah Guizani

Submitted: November 20th 2017Reviewed: February 18th 2018Published: June 20th 2018

DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.75595

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In this chapter, we report the nano-heat transport in metal-oxide-semiconductor field effect transistor (MOSFET). We propose a ballistic-diffusive model (BDE) to inquire the thermal stability of nanoscale MOSFET’s. To study the mechanism of scattering in the interface oxide-semiconductor, we have included the specularity parameter defined as the probability of reflection at boundary. In addition, we have studied the effective thermal conductivity (ETC) in nanofilms we found that ETC depend with the size of nanomaterial. The finite element method (FEM) is used to resolve the results for a 10 nm channel length. The results prove that our proposed model is close to those results obtained by the Boltzmann transport equation (BTE).


  • nano-devices
  • thermal conductivity
  • BDE model
  • temperature jump
  • heat dissipation

1. Introduction

Considerable exploration focused on the fast progress of nanodevice. In recent years, the thermal analysis is important to inquire the phonon transport in nano-materials. The study of the heat conduction in nano-electronics lead to compare the thermal stability of nano-transistors [1, 2, 3]. The increase of the heat dissipation has been owned by the miniaturization and the reduction of the thermal conductivity [3]. The smaller channel device was assumed to (13) nm for the current (2018) and less than (6) nm for long-term (2026) [4]. The Fourier’s law has generally used to predict the diffusive heat conduction [5]. In nanoscale the characteristic time and size of nanodevice was smaller than the mean free path (MFP). The classical heat conduction based on local equilibrium lead to the linear equation


where qis the heat flux, Tis the temperature gradient and κis the bulk thermal conductivity. Actually, the BTE is an effective method to study the non-continuous temperature and heat flux in nanosystems [6, 7]. Many transport models have been derived from the BTE used to investigate the thermal transport in solid interface [8], nano-transistor [9, 10, 11, 12] and carbon nanotubes [13].

Alvarez et al. [14] have studied the nonlocal effect in nanoscale devices. They inquired the heat transport in ballistic regime. They found that the thermal conductivity bank on the Knudsen number.

Nano-heat transport includes both temporal aspects and spatial aspects. More elaborated model have been developed to describe the nanoheat conduction [15]. The phonon hydrodynamic model [16, 17, 18, 19], single- phase-lag model [2] and dual-lag phase model [1] have been applied in modeling thermal transport in nanostructures. Nasri et al. [2, 3] have been investigated the heat transfer in many architecture of nano-MOSFET. They found that the Tri-gate SOI-MOSFET with a wideness of 20 nm is more thermally stable than the device having a length of 10 nm. To study the nature of collision, it is found that the temperature jump boundary condition was an accurate approach to explore the heat transport in interfaces [2]. The ballistic-diffusive equation (BDE) was used to explain the temperature dependence in nano-structure [20, 21]. Humian et al. [22] proposed the BDE to evaluate the heat transport in two-dimensional domain. They have been used the finite element analysis to validate the BDE model. Yang et al. [23] solved the BDE model to access the heat transfer in two-dimensional conventional MOSFET. In this work, we have been developed the BDE model to address the phonon transport in nanodevice. Due to the miniaturization the thermal conductivity, reduce by scattering [24, 25]. The scattering mechanism induced to the use of the ETC [26, 27, 28, 29]. We have proposed a theoretical approach, which describe the nature of phonon collision with boundary. The specularity parameter defined as the probability of reflection at boundary [25, 30]. We include this parameter in the ETC to portend the rise of the temperature in nanostructure. To validate our results, the proposed model is tested with results obtained by Yang et al. [23] and a previous work [2, 9]. The proposed (ETC) will be compared with the results obtained by McGaughey et al. [31]. To compute the proposed BDE model depended with the temperature jump boundary condition, we have used the FEM. This method is a useful procedure to model the thermal properties of nanodevice [2].

2. Computer model

The phonon BTE can be defined as [7]:


where fis the distribution function, f0is the equilibrium distribution function, νis the group velocity, and τRis the relaxation time related to resistive collisions written as


where κis the thermal conductivity written as


where Λis the mean free path defined as Λ=vτRand Cis the volumetric heat capacity [20]. The ballistic-diffusive approximation is to divide the distribution function into a diffusive term fmand ballistic term fb[20]:


where fbarise from the boundary scattering [20], defined as


The second part grouped into fm. The basic equation for fmis defined as:


We can calculate the diffusive flux [7, 20].


where εis the kinetic energy and Dεis the density of states. By the development in Taylor series to the first order of Eq. (7), we obtain [7]:


We use the energy conservation equation to eliminate qm


where q̇his the volumetric heat generation, qis the heat flux and uis the internal energy defined as [20].


We can rewritten two temperature Tband Tmsuch that [20, 21].


where T=Tm+Tb

Tmis the temperature to the diffusive part and Tbarise from the ballistic parts.

By using the same reasoning of Eq. (9), Eq. (6) becomes [20].


Substituting Eqs. (9) and (13) into Eq. (10) we obtain the ballistic-diffusive-equation [20, 23].


The conventional Fourier heat conduction equation cannot predict the heat transport in nanostructure. Hua et al. [26] studied the ETC in nanostructure. They derived a model for the ETC based on the phonon BTE written as [26]:


where Kn=ΛLis the Knudsen number, Lis the length of nanofilms and αis a coefficient depend with the geometries.

For Kn=0, Eq. (15) becomes κeff=κ(diffusive regime).

For Kn>1, the thermal conductivity reduce due to the ballistic transport. Using the Fourier’s law the ETC defined as [26]:


where L is length of the nanostructure qis the heat flux and ΔTis the temperature difference. Kaiser et al. [28] proposed a non-Fourier heat conduction at the nanoscale. They recently derived an analytic expression for the ETC. In addition, they proved the impact of the temperature jump in nanostructure. In this work, we propose a theoretical model for the ETC [19], defined as


where CW=2×1+p1pis a constant related to the properties of the walls [19] and pis the specularity parameter [30].

For high values of Kn, where the regime ballistic is dominant, the thermal conductivity reduced by scattering (reflection at boundary) [24, 25], Eq. (17) predict that the ETC behaves [19]:


In our case, the BDE model rewritten as:


where τbis the relaxation time related to the phonon scattering at boundary [7] defined as:


Substituting Eq. (18) into Eq. (20), we obtain the Ziman formula [24]


where 1τbis the collision rate.

3. Boundary and initial condition

When the ballistic transport appear the temperature jump at boundary occur and cause the reduction of the thermal conductivity [27, 32]. Ben Aissa et al. [12] have been explored a nano-heat conduction in cylindrical surrounding-gate (SG) MOSFET. They used the DPL with the temperature jump applied in the interface oxide-semiconductor defined as


where dis an adjustable coefficient, the ETC defined as [12]:


where R is the thermal boundary resistance. The proposed ETC given by Ben Aissa et al. [12, 32] is written as:


Hua et al. [33, 34] discussed the temperature jump in nanofilms. They have studied the phonon transport in interfaces. They derived a boundary temperature jump defined as


where TWis the temperature jump at the wall.

Yang et al. [35] explained the impact of the temperature jump in the continuum flow and slip flow. They have investigated the heat transfer in nanofluids. At the wall, the temperature jump lead to the following expression by Gad-el-Hak [35]


where TSis the system temperature and TWis the wall temperature, σTis the thermal accommodation coefficient, βis the ratio of specific heats, and Pr is the gas Prandtl number. Singh et al. [36] noted that in ideal monoatomic gas (Kn<0.1), the temperature jump at the solid interface rewritten as


Due to the utility of the temperature jump, the following expressions are summarized in Table 1.

WorkAdjustable coefficient d
Ben Aissa et al. [12]0.05 For Kn=3.33
Hua and Cao [33]0.66 For Kn<5
Sing et al. [36]1.25PrFor Kn<0.1
Present work0.09 For Kn=10

Table 1.

First-order temperature jump condition.

4. Structure to model and numerical method

The architecture used in this present work is the two-dimensional conventional MOSFET. The proposed structure shown in Figure 1. The substrate is compound by Silicon (Si). The Si-MOSFETs thickness used in this model is 50 nm. The channel length is Lc = 10 nm. In order to compare our results with similar works, the reference temperature is T0 = 300 K and the maximal power generation is q̇h=1019w/m3[23]. The right and left boundaries are assumed to be adiabatic. The temperature jump boundary condition is applied in the interface (Si-SiO2). In this side the phenomena of collision phonon-wall is more frequent. The MFP used in this proposed work is Λ=100nm[23]. Using Eq. (17), we found that the thermal conductivity reaches 18 Wm−1 k−1. In this case, the adjustable coefficient d attains 0.09 for R = 0.503 K m2 W−1 [37].

Figure 1.

Schematic geometries of the MOSFET transistor.

To solve the BDE model coupled with the temperature jump at boundary we use the FEM [4]. The finite-element approximation used in the BDE model can be defined as:


where B, B1and Dis a matrix valued, Tt, Tttand Trepresent the nodal temperature, mis the matrix vector.

The discretization of Eq. (25) leads to


where Δtis the time step and Tpis the nodal temperature at the time tp.

The materials used in our simulation are Silicon [2] and Silicon dioxide [2] and their thermal properties are illustrated in Table 2.

SymbolV (m s−1)K (Wm−1 K−1)C (J m−3 k−1)Λ(nm)Kn
Si30001501.5 × 10610010
SiO259001.41.75 × 1060.40.04

Table 2.

Thermal properties of Silicon and Silicon dioxide.

5. Results and discussion

The reduction of the thermal conductivity have a strong dependence with the Knudsen number. We take account the specularity parameter and Knudsen number because we studied the mechanism of boundary scattering.

In Figure 2 we shows the impact of the thermal conductivity which depend on the specularity parameter. In this case, we use Eq. (17) to inquire the ETC. It is obvious that the thermal conductivity reduce when the Knudsen number increase. In similarity to the analytical model proposed by Hua and Cao et al. [32], it is found that the thermal conductivity reaches 62% of the bulk value for Kn = 1.

Figure 2.

Effective thermal conductivity vs. Knudsen number.

Figure 3 plot the ETC for various the length of nanofilms. For low thin films (L = 10 nm) the thermal conductivity attains 10–20% of the bulk value. The ballistic transport involve the rapid increase of the ETC. For p = 0.25 we shows the same shape obtained by Ma [29]. For thin films (L > 1000 nm), p = 0.25 is a good approximation.

Figure 3.

Effective thermal conductivity in Silicon thin film at room temperature.

The advantage of our proposed model is the capture of the increase of the temperature better than the other transport model (DPL, SPL and classical BDE). We associated the BDE model with the temperature jump. The obtained results are presented along the centerline (Lx/2, Y = 0) at the time t = 30 ps. In the ballistic regime (Kn = 10) we use Eq. (18). For high Knudsen number the heat transport influenced by the mechanism of scattering related to the boundary. This type of collision was examined by Guo et al. [38] they deduced a discrete-ordinate-method (DOM) derived by the Callaway‘s model [38]. They found acceptable results to determinate the ETC in a rectangular graphene ribbon. The Callaway‘s model based on a simple boundary scattering.

Figure 4 illustrate the comparison of the peak temperature rise in the nano-transistor at t = 30 ps. The classical BDE, BTE, DPL, SPL, Fourier law and our proposed model reaches respectively 318.7, 327, 320.5, 318.9, 305 and 322.7 K. The new BDE model capture the increase of the temperature near the BTE. For low thin-film (Lc = 10 nm) one can see that the temperature attaints the maximal at short time. The saturation of the temperature varied to 12–15 ps for all model transport. The classical Fourier law cannot predict the temperature profile due the nature of phonon thermal transport [39].

Figure 4.

Comparison of the peak temperature at the centerline.

The temperature peak rise in the Y-direction at the centerline of the nanodevice is demonstrated in Figure 5. The decrease of the temperature is owned to the reduction of the thermal conductivity. Our present model has the same form with the classical BDE model. The difference appear in low temperature due to the collision rate, which depend on the specularity.

Figure 5.

Peak temperature rise versus Y-axis at the centerline of the MOSFET at t = 10 ps.

Figure 6 illustrate the 2D distribution of the temperature at t = 30 ps. In a short time, the temperature increase in the left and right side of the channel region. This side known as the heat zone of the nanodevice. A self-heating processes appear due to nature of the phonon collision which is characterized by a frequent scattering at boundary. The augmentation of the temperature cause an important dissipation of energy, which affect the environment. In the last years, organic electronic was made to reduce the energy consumption and the thermal resistance between materials [40].

Figure 6.

A 2D temperature distribution for p = 0.18 at t =30 ps.

Figure 7 shows the comparison of the heat flux in the Y-direction at the centerline of nano-MOSFET. Using the BDE model for p = 0.18, we obtain the same shape and amplitude given by the BTE. The temperature jump at boundary is a good argument to predict the non-Fourier heat transfer [41]. The increase of the heat flux is caused by two raison: the reduction of the thermal conductivity and the length of nanostructure. To reduce the heat dissipation in nanoelectronic materials, it is necessary that the current densities was minimized [9]. A preferment devise is characterized by minimal power consumption. In a technological concept, the graphene is an excellent material which described by high thermal conductivity and low temperature rise [25, 42].

Figure 7.

Comparison of the heat flux in the Y direction at t = 10 ps.

6. Conclusions

In this chapter, we report a nano-heat conduction based on the BDE model. The temperature jump is good proof to study the thermal properties of nano-materials. Our proposed model is efficient approach for the non-Fourier heat conduction. In addition, our obtained results agree with other transport model. In nanostructure the reduction of the thermal conductivity and phonon collision mechanism. Our study explain the distribution of the temperature in 10 nm MOSFET. The maximal temperature is located in the interface oxide-semiconductor. To reduce the effect of the thermal transport in nano-electronic materials it is obvious that we should replace Si based materials by organic technologies (carbon based). Green electronics are involved in recent integrated circuits, solar cell and high-speed processors. In addition, green materials has a wide biocompatibility and a safe impact on the environment [43].

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Houssem Rezgui, Faouzi Nasri, Mohamed Fadhel Ben Aissa and Amen Allah Guizani (June 20th 2018). Study of Heat Dissipation Mechanism in Nanoscale MOSFETs Using BDE Model, Green Electronics, Cristian Ravariu and Dan Mihaiescu, IntechOpen, DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.75595. Available from:

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