Direct evidence on Ta-metal phases igniting resistive switching in TaOx thin film

Min Kyu Yang, Hyunsu Ju, Gun Hwan Kim, Jeon Kook Lee, Han Cheol Ryu

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A Ta/TaOx /Pt stacked capacitor-like device for resistive switching was fabricated and examined. The tested device demonstrated stable resistive switching characteristics including uniform distribution of resistive switching operational parameters, highly promising endurance, and retention properties. To reveal the resistive switching mechanism of the device, micro structure analysis using high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HR-TEM) was performed. From the observation results, two different phases of Ta-metal clusters of cubic α-Ta and tetragonal β-Ta were founded in the amorphous TaOx mother-matrix after the device was switched from high resistance state (HRS) to low resistance state (LRS) by externally applied voltage bias. The observed Ta metal clusters unveiled the origin of the electric conduction paths in the TaOx thin film at the LRS.

Original languageEnglish
Article number14053
JournalScientific reports
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sept 14

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Funding Information:
Dr. M.K. Yang and Dr. H. Ju contributed equally to this work. Dr. J.K. Lee and Dr. H.C. Ryu are designated conjointly as corresponding authors. This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (grant no. NRF-2013R1A1A1076113).

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