Polarization dependent optical control of atomic arrangement in multilayer Ge-Sb-Te phase change materials

Kotaro Makino, Junji Tominaga, Alexander V. Kolobov, Paul Fons, Muneaki Hase

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Abstract

We report the optical perturbation of atomic arrangement in the layered in GeTe/Sb2Te3 phase change memory material. To observe the structural change, the coherent A1 mode of GeTe4 local structure was investigated at various polarization angles of femtosecond pump pulses with the fluence at 78 μ J / cm2. p-polarization found to be more effective in inducing the A1 frequency shift that can be either reversible or irreversible depending on the pump fluence. The predominant origin of this shift is attributed to rearrangement of Ge atoms driven by anisotropic dissociation of the Ge-Te bonds along the [111] axis after the p-polarized pulse irradiation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number232101
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume101
Issue number23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec 3

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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