-A A +A
The possibility to engineer (GeTe)m(Sb2Te3)n phase‐change materials to co‐host ferroelectricity is extremely attractive. The combination of these functionalities holds great technological impact, potentially enabling the design of novel multifunctional devices. Here an experimental and theoretical study of epitaxial (GeTe)m(Sb2Te3)n with GeTe‐rich composition is presented. These layered films feature a tunable distribution of (GeTe)m(Sb2Te3)1 blocks of different sizes. Breakthrough evidence of ferroelectric displacement in thick (GeTe)m(Sb2Te3)1 lamellae is provided. The density functional theory calculations suggest the formation of a tilted (GeTe)m slab sandwiched in GeTe‐rich blocks. That is, the net ferroelectric polarization is confined almost in‐plane, representing an unprecedented case between 2D and bulk ferroelectric materials. The ferroelectric behavior is confirmed by piezoresponse force microscopy …
Publication date: 
1 Jan 2024

Stefano Cecchi, Jamo Momand, Daniele Dragoni, Omar Abou El Kheir, Federico Fagiani, Dominik Kriegner, Christian Rinaldi, Fabrizio Arciprete, Vaclav Holý, Bart J Kooi, Marco Bernasconi, Raffaella Calarco

Biblio References: 
Volume: 11 Issue: 1 Pages: 2304785
Advanced Science