In situ thermal behavior of resistance drift in GeTe and Ge2Sb2Te5nanowires via Raman thermometry

Sungjin Park, Taeok Kim, Soobin Hwang, Dambi Park, Min Ahn, Mann Ho Cho

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Time-dependent resistance drift in chalcogenide phase change materials is known to cause instabilities in phase-change random access memories (PRAMs). In this study, the resistance drift of the RESET state of GeTe and Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST) nanowires during memory switching was investigated using an optical method to determine the relationship between variation in resistance and time-dependent thermal properties. Changes in morphology and crystal structure were caused by the formation of voids and hillocks in nanowires in the RESET state, which affected the phonon scattering in GeTe and GST nanowires. Consequently, the thermal conduction of the GeTe and GST nanowires in the RESET state was observed to be significantly lower than that in the initial single-crystalline state. Further, it was observed that as the annealing duration of the retention test was increased, the resistance decreased and thermal conduction increased, even though the morphologies of the nanowires were restored to the initial state. These changes were induced by thermally assisted atomic migration, indicating the occurrence of a local structural phase transition in the GeTe and GST nanowires via the formation of voids and hillocks. Our results explain the cause behind the resistance drift observed in GeTe and GST nanowires in the RESET state with bi-polar memory switching characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11032-11041
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry C
Issue number32
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Aug 28

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE) in Korea (Project No. 10080625) and the Korea Semiconductor Research Consortium (KSRC) through a project for developing source technologies for future semiconductor devices, and was financially supported by a National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIP) (Grant No. 2018R1A2A1A05023214).

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  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Chemistry


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