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A combination of X‐ray diffraction and Raman scattering is employed to investigate (GeTe)m(Sb2Te3)n alloys crystallized by thermal annealing from the amorphous (a‐) phase. The films are deposited by molecular beam epitaxy on Si(111) substrates. First, a series of a‐GeSbTe (GST) films of different composition is deposited and studied by Raman spectroscopy to identify the Ge‐rich features of the alloys. Second, the crystallization properties of Ge10Sb2Te13 are studied upon different annealing conditions. The aim of this work is to develop a procedure to avoid segregation of Ge and GeTe at the GST crystallization onset (Tx). This is here achieved by means of an incubation step at temperature lower than Tx. The crystallization onset Tx increased to 270 °C, which is about 160 °C higher compared to a reference GeTe sample, while the alloy always crystallizes in the stable Ge1Sb2Te4 composition. The …
WILEY‐VCH Verlag Berlin GmbH
Publication date: 
1 Apr 2019

Francesco Di Biagio, Stefano Cecchi, Fabrizio Arciprete, Raffaella Calarco

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Volume: 13 Issue: 4 Pages: 1800632
physica status solidi (RRL)–Rapid Research Letters