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Phase change materials such as pseudobinary GeTe-Sb 2 Te 3 (GST) alloys are an essential part of existing and emerging technologies. Here, we investigate the electrical and optical properties of epitaxial phase change materials: α-GeTe, Ge 2 Sb 2 Te5 (GST225), and Sb 2 Te 3. Temperature-dependent Hall measurements reveal a reduction of the hole concentration with increasing temperature in Sb 2 Te 3 that is attributed to lattice expansion, resulting in a non-linear increase of the resistivity that is also observed in GST225. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy at room temperature demonstrates the presence of electronic states within the energy gap for α-GeTe and GST225. We conclude that these electronic states are due to vacancy clusters inside these two materials. The obtained results shed new light on the fundamental properties of phase change materials such as the high dielectric constant and …
Nature Publishing Group
Publication date: 
12 Apr 2018

Jos E Boschker, Xiang Lü, Valeria Bragaglia, Ruining Wang, Holger T Grahn, Raffaella Calarco

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Volume: 8 Issue: 1 Pages: 1-8
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