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The variation of the electrical and optical properties under 150 keV Ar+ ion irradiation has been studied in Ge2Sb2Te5 polycrystalline films, either in the rocksalt or in the trigonal structure, by in situ reflectivity measurements and ex situ resistance measurements. As the irradiation dose increases, the disorder introduced in the crystalline films increases and the reflectivity decreases, down to a minimum value that corresponds to complete amorphization. Large differences are found by changing the irradiation temperature, for the two crystalline structures. Indeed, the measured amorphization threshold is the same for the two crystalline phases and equal to 1x1013 cm-2 under irradiation at 77K, whilst at room temperature the trigonal phase requires a dose almost double than the rocksalt phase to be amorphized. By structural analyses we found that, before amorphization, ion irradiation induces a transition from the …
Materials Research Society
Publication date: 
1 Jan 2016

Stefania Privitera, Antonio M Mio, Julia Benke, Christoph Persch, Emanuele Smecca, Alessandra Alberti, Emanuele Rimini

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Volume: 1 Issue: 39 Pages: 2701-2709
MRS Advances