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Peierls distortion mediated reversible phase transition in GeTe under pressure
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering, Applied Material Physics.
2012 (English)In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, ISSN 0027-8424, E-ISSN 1091-6490, Vol. 109, no 16, 5948-5952 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

With the advent of big synchrotron facilities around the world, pressure is now routinely placed to design a new material or manipulate the properties of materials. In GeTe, an important phase-change material that utilizes the property contrast between the crystalline and amorphous states for data storage, we observed a reversible phase transition of rhombohedral <-> rocksalt <-> orthorhombic <-> monoclinic coupled with a semiconductor <-> metal interconversion under pressure on the basis of ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. This interesting reversible phase transition under pressure is believed to be mediated by Peierls distortion in GeTe. Our results suggest a unique way to understand the reversible phase transition and hence the resistance switching that is crucial to the applications of phase-change materials in nonvolatile memory. The present finding can also be expanded to other IV-VI semiconductors.

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2012. Vol. 109, no 16, 5948-5952 p.
Keyword [en]
high pressure, semiconductor chalcogenides, semiconductor-metal interconversion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-95096DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1202875109ISI: 000303246100017ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84859974815OAI: diva2:526865
Swedish Research Council
QC 20120515Available from: 2012-05-15 Created: 2012-05-14 Last updated: 2012-05-15Bibliographically approved

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