Based on ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, we identify the atomistic mechanism of the pressure induced amorphization of Ge2Sb2Te5. The simulations reveal that homopolar Ge/Sb bonds appear in cubic Ge2Sb2Te5 under pressure, giving rise to square rings rotated by 45° with respect to the crystalline axis whose formation is induced by the displacement of Te atoms filling the voids of neighboring Ge/Sb stoichiometric vacancies. The concentration of these topological defects increases with pressure up to 21 GPa at which the system is destabilized and transforms into an amorphous phase in agreement with experiments. © 2009 The American Physical Society.

Caravati, S., Bernasconi, M., Kuhne, T., Krack, M., Parrinello, M. (2009). Unravelling the mechanism of pressure induced amorphization of phase change materials. PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, 102(20), 205502 [10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.205502].

Unravelling the mechanism of pressure induced amorphization of phase change materials

BERNASCONI, MARCO;
2009

Abstract

Based on ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, we identify the atomistic mechanism of the pressure induced amorphization of Ge2Sb2Te5. The simulations reveal that homopolar Ge/Sb bonds appear in cubic Ge2Sb2Te5 under pressure, giving rise to square rings rotated by 45° with respect to the crystalline axis whose formation is induced by the displacement of Te atoms filling the voids of neighboring Ge/Sb stoichiometric vacancies. The concentration of these topological defects increases with pressure up to 21 GPa at which the system is destabilized and transforms into an amorphous phase in agreement with experiments. © 2009 The American Physical Society.
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Ab initio simulations, phase change materials
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Caravati, S., Bernasconi, M., Kuhne, T., Krack, M., Parrinello, M. (2009). Unravelling the mechanism of pressure induced amorphization of phase change materials. PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, 102(20), 205502 [10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.205502].
Caravati, S; Bernasconi, M; Kuhne, T; Krack, M; Parrinello, M
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