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Here, we report on the electrical characterization of phase change memory cells containing a Ge3Sb2Te6 (GST) alloy grown in its crystalline form by Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE). It is found that the high temperature growth on the amorphous substrate results in a polycrystalline film exhibiting a rough surface with a grain size of approximately 80–150 nm. A detailed electrical characterization has been performed, including I-V characteristic curves, programming curves, set operation performance, crystallization activation at low temperature, and resistance drift, in order to determine the material related parameters. The results indicate very good alignment of the electrical parameters with the current state-of-the-art GST, deposited by physical vapor deposition. Such alignment enables a possible employment of the MBE deposition technique for chalcogenide materials in the phase change memory technology, thus …
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Publication date: 
12 Jan 2015

Jos E Boschker, Mattia Boniardi, Andrea Redaelli, Henning Riechert, Raffaella Calarco

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Volume: 106 Issue: 2 Pages: 023117
Applied Physics Letters