Phase transformation kinetics—the role of laser power and pulse width in the phase change cycling of Te alloys

Rubin, K. A.; Barton, R. W.; Chen, M.; Jipson, V. B.; Rugar, D.
May 1987
Applied Physics Letters;5/25/1987, Vol. 50 Issue 21, p1488
Academic Journal
The effect of laser pulse width and amplitude on the kinetics of laser-induced phase transformations of thin films of Te alloys has been mapped. This map, called a phase transformation kinetics diagram, shows distinct regions of crystallization and amorphization and allows important material parameters to be determined. The observed regions were correlated with results from temperature modeling. The minimum crystallization time was measured to be 50 ns for pure Te and increases to 550 ns for Te80Sn20 and 80 μs for Te90Ge10. A boundary, determined by the critical quench rate, separates the region of melt followed by amorphous quench, from melt followed by crystallization. Three methods of reversible cycling are demonstrated.


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