Transient phase change analysis of scaling in phase change devices

Eng Guan Yeo, Luping Shi, Rong Zhao, Chong Tow Chong, Ilesanmi Adesida

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Phase Change Random Access Memory (PCRAM) is one of the next-generation nonvolatile memories with the most potential. A transient measurement method has been developed to link the transient phase change effect to its crystallization kinetics. The flexibility of this measurement method was demonstrated in this paper. This method was first applied to study scaling effects in phase change devices and it was found that scaling not only lowers programming current requirement, but also increases the phase change speed of the device. This suggests that high density and high speed phase change memory devices through scaling are achievable. The same method was applied to study the physical model of phase change and the evidence suggests that phase change in these devices does not proceed solely by nucleation, supporting the hypothesis of filament formation during phase change. This transient method would be an important analysis technique of novel phase change devices and materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-354
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Nanoscience
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Phase-change memory
  • scaling
  • transient effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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