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The thermal and electrical properties of phase change materials, mainly GeSbTe alloys, in the crystalline state strongly depend on their phase and on the associated degree of order. The switching of Ge atoms in superlattice structures with trigonal phase has been recently proposed to develop memories with reduced switching energy, in which two differently ordered crystalline phases are the logic states. A detailed knowledge of the stacking plane sequence, of the local composition and of the vacancy distribution is therefore crucial in order to understand the underlying mechanism of phase transformations in the crystalline state and to evaluate the retention properties. This information is provided, as reported in this paper, by scanning transmission electron microscopy analysis of polycrystalline and epitaxial Ge 2 Sb 2 Te 5 thin samples, using the Z-contrast high-angle annular dark field method. Electron diffraction …
IOP Publishing
Publication date: 
4 Jan 2017

Antonio M Mio, Stefania MS Privitera, Valeria Bragaglia, Fabrizio Arciprete, Corrado Bongiorno, Raffaella Calarco, Emanuele Rimini

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Volume: 28 Issue: 6 Pages: 065706