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from the definition, the threshold is the gate-source voltage at which the transistor start to conduct the current on it its drain. this is about 0.5V in your graph.
any way the exact value of the threshold voltage still not fully defined as the transistor even start to conduct before this voltage in what we called sub threshold voltage. but inyour case 0.5V is ok to consider it as Vth
I dont know what mean the A/µm.
in general if you are not using deep submicron technology then you will not have a problem. for example me I am working with 0.35µm technology and I never take care about the leakage current coming from the tunneling effect on the MOS oxide.
to be more accurate the subthreshold current is also contribute to the leackage current therefore I suggest you to use the method I told you
Based on your explaination on finding leakage current on #4.
"apply a zero gate-source voltage"
Im bit not understand of how to make it work on my tool. This is how it appear on my command. The vgate is initial voltage bias, vfinal is final gate voltage bias.
do we need to make both vgate and vfinal =0?
You could plot the subthreshold slope - Log (Id) vs Vg. Then read off the drain current when you have zero volts on the gate. it should ideally be somewhere around 1e-12 depending on technology and threshold voltage.
You could export tabular data to Excel and fit the sqrt(Id)
vs Vgs line. Or you could just call some arbitrary current
level your "VT" (but this would not be the VT you want to
insert in a model card, exactly). There's a bunch of VT
extraction methods, giving slightly different results and
resiliencies to measurement conditions & device nonidealities.
What your use is for the VT value, might indicate which one
you prefer (process control in-line wants different things
than SPICE modeling, etc.).
Attached is a pdf which discusses various techniques for extracting threshold voltage as dick has mentioned each of these techniques will provide a slightly different value for threshold. The key is to use one and keep with it for measuring all your devices. I have used the second derivative method in the past but you would need to use some software to calculate the first and then second order derivatives so this might be more time consuming. The constant current method is also popular and faster. There are other communications within the IEEE if you have access which discuss the merits and draw backs of each of these techniques based on geometry and operating point.