Chalcogenides

Metastability and Phase Change Phenomena

  • Alexander V. Kolobov
  • Junji Tominaga

Part of the Springer Series in Materials Science book series (SSMATERIALS, volume 164)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Amorphous Semiconductors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alexander V. Kolobov, Junji Tominaga
      Pages 3-34
    3. Alexander V. Kolobov, Junji Tominaga
      Pages 35-47
    4. Alexander V. Kolobov, Junji Tominaga
      Pages 49-63
  3. Chalcogenide Glasses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Alexander V. Kolobov, Junji Tominaga
      Pages 67-102
    3. Alexander V. Kolobov, Junji Tominaga
      Pages 103-121
    4. Alexander V. Kolobov, Junji Tominaga
      Pages 123-131
    5. Alexander V. Kolobov, Junji Tominaga
      Pages 133-145
  4. Phase-Change Materials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Alexander V. Kolobov, Junji Tominaga
      Pages 149-179
    3. Alexander V. Kolobov, Junji Tominaga
      Pages 181-215
    4. Alexander V. Kolobov, Junji Tominaga
      Pages 217-230
    5. Alexander V. Kolobov, Junji Tominaga
      Pages 231-247
  5. Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Alexander V. Kolobov, Junji Tominaga
      Pages 251-276
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 277-284

About this book

Introduction

A state-of-the-art description of metastability observed in chalcogenide alloys is presented with the accent on the underlying physics. A comparison is made between sulphur(selenium)-based chalcogenide glasses, where numerous photo-induced phenomena take place entirely within the amorphous phase, and tellurides where a reversible crystal-to-amorphous phase-change transformation is a major effect. Applications of metastability in devices¿optical memories and nonvolatile electronic phase-change random-access memories among others are discussed, including the latest trends. Background material essential for understanding current research in the field is also provided.

Keywords

Amorphous chalcogenides Phase-change memories Photo-induced metastability

Authors and affiliations

  • Alexander V. Kolobov
    • 1
  • Junji Tominaga
    • 2
  1. 1.Industrial Science & Technology (AIST), Center for Applied Near-FieldNational Institute of AdvancedTsukuba, IbarakiJapan
  2. 2.Industrial Science & Technology (AIST), Center for Applied Near-FieldNational Institute of AdvancedTsukuba, IbarakiJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-28705-3
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-28704-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-28705-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0933-033X
  • Series Online ISSN 2196-2812
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