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High Temperature Thermal Characterization of Ge2Sb2Te5 for Phase Change Memory

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Jaeho Lee, John P. Reifenberg, Mehdi Asheghi, Kenneth E. Goodson

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Paper No. AJTEC2011-44230, pp. T30014-T30014-7; 7 pages
  • ASME/JSME 2011 8th Thermal Engineering Joint Conference
  • ASME/JSME 2011 8th Thermal Engineering Joint Conference
  • Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, March 13–17, 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-3892-1 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3894-5
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


We propose a novel design of Joule heating thermometry to measure thermal properties of Ge2 Sb2 Te5 (GST) films at temperatures relevant for the switching of phase change memory devices. Vertically stacked micro-fabricated heaters control temperature and measure thermal conductivity of thin films using the 3ω method. The thermal time constant of the experimental structure enables studies of short time scale crystallization and cycling effects for phase change materials. This work reports the thermal conductivity of GST films from the room temperature to above 400 Celsius in amorphous, face-centered cubic, and hexagonal close-packed phases.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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