Etching-dependent reproducible memory switching in vertical SiO2 structures

Jun Yao; Lin Zhong; Natelson, Douglas; Tour, James M.
December 2008
Applied Physics Letters;12/22/2008, Vol. 93 Issue 25, p253101
Academic Journal
Vertical structures of SiO2 sandwiched between a top tungsten electrode and conducting nonmetallic substrate were fabricated by dry and wet etching methods. Both structures exhibit similar voltage-controlled memory behaviors, in which short voltage pulses (1 μs) can switch the devices between high- and low-impedance states. Through the comparison of current-voltage characteristics in structures made by different methods, filamentary conduction at the etched oxide edges is most consistent with the results, providing insights into similar behaviors in metal/SiO/metal systems. High ON/OFF ratios of over 104 were demonstrated.


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