Pressure-induced structural transitions in phase-change materials based on Ge-free Sb-Te alloys

Milos Krbal, A. V. Kolobov, P. Fons, J. Haines, A. Pradel, M. Ribes, A. A. Piarristeguy, C. Levelut, R. Le Parc, V. Agafonov, M. Hanfland, J. Tominaga

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We report on pressure-induced phase transitions in the Sb2Te and Ag11In6Sb55Te28 (AIST) phase change alloys used in optical recording media over a pressure range from ambient pressure to 40 GPa. The results clearly demonstrate the crucial role of dopants in sequences of high-pressure structural transformations and in the degree of reversion. We also demonstrate that prolonged exposure of AIST to high pressures leads to an additional phase transition that may have fatal consequences for process reversibility in repeated compression/decompression cycles.

Original languageEnglish
Article number024105
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jan 27
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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