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Phase‐change materials for high‐density data storage traditionally exploit the amorphous‐to‐crystalline phase transition. A number of these compounds are organized in blocks, separated by van der Waals‐like gaps. Such layered chalcogenides are attracting interest due to their unique material properties and the possibility to change their properties upon local rearrangements at the gap, giving rise to novel applications. To better understand the behavior of layered chalcogenides, the connection between structural defects, physical properties, and the bonding situation is highlighted here using electron microscopy, X‐ray diffraction, and density functional theory. In particular, stacking defects in hexagonal Ge4Se3Te, GaSe, and Sb2Te3 are characterized experimentally, followed by an investigation of the influence of observed and hypothetical stacking defects on optical and electronic properties by theoretical …
Publication date: 
1 Sep 2019

Antonio M Mio, Philipp M Konze, Alexander Meledin, Michael Küpers, Marc Pohlmann, Marvin Kaminski, Richard Dronskowski, Joachim Mayer, Matthias Wuttig

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Volume: 29 Issue: 37 Pages: 1902332
Advanced Functional Materials