Materials Selection and Mechanism of Non-linear Conduction in Chalcogenide Selector Devices.
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Li, H., & Robertson, J. (2019). Materials Selection and Mechanism of Non-linear Conduction in Chalcogenide Selector Devices.. Scientific reports, 9 (1), 1867. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-37717-x
The electronic structure and conduction mechanism of chalcogenide-based Ovonic threshold switches (OTS) used as selectors in cross-point memory arrays is derived from density functional calculations and quasi-Fermi level models. The switching mechanism in OTS is primarily electronic. This uses a specific electronic structure, with a wide tail of localized states below the conduction band edge. In amorphous GeSe2−x the conduction band consists of Ge-Se σ*states with a low effective mass, and with a broad tail of localized Ge-Ge σ* states below this band edge. This leads to the OTS behavior. At high fields the electron quasi-EF moves up through these tail states, lowering the conductivity activation energy, and giving the non-linear switching process. The 4:2 coordinated GeSe2−x based alloys are the most favorable OTS material because they have the correct network connectivity to give a high electron mobility and lack of crystallization, a favorable band structure to produce the non-linear conduction, an optimum band gap, and with nitrogen or carbon alloying, a sufficiently low off-current.
EC FP7 CP (317746)
European Commission Horizon 2020 (H2020) Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) (737109)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-37717-x
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