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GeSbTe-based materials exhibit multiple crystalline phases, from disordered rocksalt, to rocksalt with ordered vacancy layers, and to the stable trigonal phase. In this paper we investigate the role of the interfaces on the structural and electrical properties of Ge 2 Sb 2 Te 5. We find that the site of nucleation of the metastable rocksalt phase is crucial in determining the evolution towards vacancy ordering and the stable phase. By properly choosing the substrate and the capping layers, nucleation sites engineering can be obtained, thus promoting or preventing the vacancy ordering in the rocksalt structure or the conversion into the trigonal phase. The vacancy ordering occurs at lower annealing temperatures (170 C) for films deposited in the amorphous phase on silicon (111), compared to the case of SiO 2 substrate (200 C), or in presence of a capping layer (330 C). The mechanisms governing the nucleation have …
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Publication date: 
1 Jun 2017

AM Mio, SMS Privitera, V Bragaglia, F Arciprete, S Cecchi, G Litrico, C Persch, R Calarco, E Rimini

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Volume: 7 Issue: 1 Pages: 1-9
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