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Hierarchical ordered structures in amorphous systems

Date: giovedì 5 maggio 2022, ore 15:00
ONLINE - https://meet.goto.com/153432757
Speaker: Francesco Tavanti - CNR Nano S3

Title: Hierarchical ordered structures in amorphous systems

Abstract: Amorphous chalcogenides, such as GexSe1-x, have been proposed as good ovonic switch material candidates for nonvolatile memory and selector devices due to their fast switching, endurance and higher crystallization temperature with respect to standard GST compounds. The structural and electrical properties of GexSe1-x, as for other chalcogenides, are strongly related to the presence of short- and medium-range structures in the amorphous phase that are responsible for the internal structural orders at different length-scales1,2. In order to deeply understand the local geometry-dependent properties of these chalcogenides systems, we employed a combined approach based on both classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, innovative analysis techniques3 and ab-initio simulations.
We obtained different information about the nature of the order in these amorphous systems demonstrating that little changes in the stoichiometry greatly affect the GexSe1-x structural and electrical properties and that short- and medium-range order are intrinsically interconnected each other.


  1. Tavanti, F., Dianat, B., Catellani, A. & Calzolari, A. Hierarchical Short- and Medium-Range Order Structures in Amorphous GexSe1–x for Selectors Applications. ACS Appl. Electron. Mater. 2, 2961–2969 (2020).
  2. Chai, Z. et al. Dependence of switching probability on operation conditions in GexSe1-x ovonic threshold switching selectors. IEEE Electron Device Letters (2019) doi:10.1109/led.2019.2924270.
  3. Dianat, B., Tavanti, F., Padovani, A., Larcher, L. & Calzolari, A. BELLO: A post-processing tool for the local-order analysis of disordered systems. Computational Materials Science 209, 111381 (2022)

Host: Massimo Rontani (segreteria.s3@nano.cnr.it)

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