Local structure of liquid Ge1Sb2Te4 for rewritable data storage use
2008 (English)In: Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, ISSN 0953-8984, E-ISSN 1361-648X, Vol. 20, no 20, 205102- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Phase-change materials based on chalcogenide alloys have been widely used for optical data storage and are promising materials for nonvolatile electrical memory use. However, the mechanism behind the utilization is unclear as yet. Since the rewritable data storage involved an extremely fast laser melt-quenched process for chalcogenide alloys, the liquid structure of which is one key to investigating the mechanism of the fast reversible phase transition and hence rewritable data storage, here by means of ab initio molecular dynamics we have studied the local structure of liquid Ge1Sb2Te4. The results show that the liquid structure gives a picture of most Sb atoms being octahedrally coordinated, and the coexistence of tetrahedral and fivefold coordination at octahedral sites for Ge atoms, while Te atoms are essentially fourfold and threefold coordinated at octahedral sites, as characterized by partial pair correlation functions and bond angle distributions. The local structure of liquid Ge1Sb2Te4 generally resembles that of the crystalline form, except for the much lower coordination number. It may be this unique liquid structure that results in the fast and reversible phase transition between crystalline and amorphous states.
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2008. Vol. 20, no 20, 205102- p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-130227DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/20/20/205102ISI: 000255661500057OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-130227DiVA: diva2:348766
Conference Information: 11th International Conference on Magnetic Fluids
Kosice, SLOVAKIA, JUL 23-27, 2007 2010-09-042010-09-042012-03-05Bibliographically approved