Dresden 2009 – wissenschaftliches Programm

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DS 26: Poster II

DS 26.16: Poster

Mittwoch, 25. März 2009, 09:30–12:30, P5

Crystallization kinetics of ternary germanium-antimony-tellurium phase change alloys — •Malte Linn, Michael Klein, and Matthias Wuttig — I. Physikalisches Institut (IA), RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

Phase change materials, such as Ge2Sb2Te5 and other pseudo-binary alloys, are widely used as optical storage media, especially in rewriteable DVDs or Blue Ray Disks. In the upcoming future, phase change RAMs will be competing with today’s DRAM-cells and phase change memory cells replacing common Flash devices will enter the market soon. To understand and to control the optical writing and the electrical switching process in optical and electrical storage media, it is crucial to investigate the kinetic parameters, which are characteristic for each phase change alloy and which strongly depend on stoichiometry.

By isothermal annealing with a differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) and ex-situ atomic force microscope (AFM) measurements, nucleation and growth parameters can be determined and conclusions about growth velocity, activation energy and long term stability can be made. To find new and promising phase change alloys for applications, a comparison between well studied Ge2Se2Te5 and rather unexplored materials like Ge8Sb2Te11 is performed to investigate stoichiometric trends.

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