Time-dependent X-ray absorption spectroscopy at the Ge L3 edge is used to study the optical switching dynamics of epitaxial phase change materials grown on Si(111) membranes. Small differences between the static absorption spectra of the crystalline and laser-amorphized phase of GeTe are observed. Furthermore, a new approach for pump-probe studies on phase change materials is presented. However, no time-dependent change in the X-ray absorption > 0.1% has been detected so far. This is mainly attributed to sample deterioration at 3 kHz pump-probe rates.
Taylor & Francis
2 Jan 2015
Volume: 88 Issue: 1 Pages: 82-89