Fatigue measurement system designed for a chalcogenide-based device using a homemade heater tip

Kim, H. J.; Choi, S. K.; Kang, S. H.; Oh, K. H.
November 2008
Review of Scientific Instruments;Nov2008, Vol. 79 Issue 11, p115101
Academic Journal
A fatigue measurement system is designed using a homemade tungsten (W) heater tip. This system is composed of a pulse generator and an atomic force microscope with the W heater tip attached. Also included are a parameter analyzer and control devices. The entire measurement process is controlled by a designed program without communication errors. Additionally, a process to fabricate the sharp W heater tip that applies an electrical pulse and evaluates the electrical properties is introduced. The analysis of the tip, carried out by scanning electron microscopy and electron backscattering diffraction, shows that the tip has great thermomechanical stability. Using this fatigue measurement system, the resistance of the Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST) cell was successfully measured as a function of the number of set/reset cycles. The specific area (both program area and failure area) was easily observed. It is expected that the expansion of GST is a source of information regarding the fatigue of a GST cell.


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