Pressure-induced site-selective disordering of Ge2Sb2Te5: A new insight into phase-change optical recording

A. V. Kolobov, J. Haines, A. Pradel, M. Ribes, P. Fons, J. Tominaga, Y. Katayama, T. Hammouda, T. Uruga

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Abstract

We demonstrate that Ge2Sb2Te5, the material of choice in phase-change optical recording (such as DVD-RAM), can be rendered amorphous by the application of hydrostatic pressure. It is argued that this structural change is due to a very strong second-nearest-neighbor Te-Te interaction that determines the long-range order in the metastable cubic phase of Ge2Sb2Te5 and also to the presence of vacancies. This newly discovered phenomenon suggests that pressure is an important factor for the formation of the amorphous phase which opens new insight into the mechanism of phase-change optical recording.

Original languageEnglish
Article number035701
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume97
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jul 27
Externally publishedYes

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    Kolobov, A. V., Haines, J., Pradel, A., Ribes, M., Fons, P., Tominaga, J., Katayama, Y., Hammouda, T., & Uruga, T. (2006). Pressure-induced site-selective disordering of Ge2Sb2Te5: A new insight into phase-change optical recording. Physical review letters, 97(3), [035701]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.97.035701