Phase-change technologies: from PCRAM to probe-storage to processors
Wright, C. David
Aziz, Mustafa M.
Vazquez Diosdado, Jorge A.
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Phase-change materials based on chalcogenide alloys, for example GeSbTe and AgInSbTe, show remarkable properties such as: the ability to be crystallized by pulses in the (hundreds of) femtoseconds region while at the same time withstanding spontaneous crystallization for many years; the ability to be cycled between phases 1012 times or more; the existence of a huge contrast between the refractive index of the phases; the existence of a huge electrical contrast between phases. These remarkable properties make phase-change materials suitable for a wide range of optical and electrical applications, for optical and electrical memories, for optical routers, for optical and electrical processors. In this paper we describe theoretical and experimental investigations of some of the key application areas, with a view to providing insights into the possible future use of phase-change materials.
E\PCOS 2010: European Phase Change and Ovonics Science Symposium 2010, Politecnico di Milano, Italy