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Title: Optimization of synthesis protocols to control the nanostructure and the morphology of metal oxide thin films for memristive applications

We propose a multi-technique approach based on in-vacuum synthesis of metal oxides to optimize the memristive properties of devices that use a metal oxide thin film as insulating layer. Pulsed Microplasma Cluster Source (PMCS) is based on supersonic beams seeded by clusters of the metal oxide. Nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} thin films can be grown at room temperature, controlling the oxide stoichiometry from titanium metal up to a significant oxygen excess. Pulsed Electron beam Deposition (PED) is suitable to grow crystalline thin films on large areas, a step towards producing device arrays with controlled morphology and stoichiometry. Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) is a powerful technique to grow materials layer-by-layer, finely controlling the chemical and structural properties of the film up to thickness of 50-80 nm. We will present a few examples of metal-insulator-metal structures showing a pinched hysteresis loop in their current-voltage characteristic. The structure, stoichiometry and morphology of the metal oxide layer, either aluminum oxide or titanium dioxide, is investigated by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and by Raman scattering.
Authors:
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  1. IMEM-CNR Institute, Parco Area delle Scienze 37/A, I-43124 Parma (Italy)
  2. IMEM-CNR Institute, Via alla Cascata 56/C, Povo – I-38123 Trento (Italy)
  3. FBK Bruno Kessler Foundation, Via Sommarive 18, I-38123 Trento (Italy)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22391070
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1648; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: ICNAAM-2014: International Conference on Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics 2014, Rhodes (Greece), 22-28 Sep 2014; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; ALUMINIUM OXIDES; CRYSTALS; DEPOSITION; ELECTRIC POTENTIAL; ELECTRON BEAMS; HYSTERESIS; LAYERS; MORPHOLOGY; NANOSTRUCTURES; OXYGEN; RAMAN EFFECT; SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; STOICHIOMETRY; SYNTHESIS; THIN FILMS; TITANIUM; TITANIUM OXIDES