Thermal stability improvement and crystallization behavior of Ag doped Ge2Sb2Te5 phase change materials
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Ge2Sb2Te5 is a potential candidate for various technological applications because of its splendid set of properties. (Ge2Sb2Te5)100−xAgx (x = 0 and 3) bulk alloys and thin films are prepared using melt quenching and thermal evaporation method, respectively. The structural analysis of as-deposited and annealed (at 150 and 160 °C) thin films is accomplished using X-ray diffraction. Phase transition is observed in thin films annealed at 160 °C. The thermal behavior of the samples is investigated using differential thermal analysis (DTA). Crystallization temperature of the bulk alloys is obtained from DTA curve analysis. Activation energy of crystallization has been evaluated using different thermal kinetic approaches: Kissinger, Moynihan and Augis and Benett. It is found that with Ag doping, the crystallization temperature and activation energy of crystallization increased which enhanced the thermal stability of phase change material.
This work is financially supported by Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi under Research Project (Sanction No. SB/FTP/PS-075/2013 dated 29/05/2014). PS is thankful to Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi for providing financial support as SRF under above mentioned project.
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