Resistive switching characteristics of nickel silicide layer embedded HfO 2 film

Debashis Panda, Chun Yang Huang, Tseung-Yuen Tseng*

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Resistive switching behavior of the Ti/HfO 2:NiSi:HfO 2/Pt memory structure is investigated. Auger electron spectroscopy analysis indicates no metal diffusion from the electrodes and silicide layer on high-k film. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopic micrographs revealed the thicknesses of the HfO 2 and silicide layer. Significant decrease of forming voltage is observed for the 550 C, 1 min annealed device embedded with nickel silicide (NiSi) layers. Entire device shows bipolar switching properties with very low set/reset voltage. The optimized annealed device with NiSi embedded layer exhibits improved memory performances such as good on/off ratio (>10 2), long retention more than 10 4s, and reasonable endurance (>10 3 cycles). A conducting filament model based on two stacks structure is employed to well explain the switching behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number112901
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - 12 Mar 2012

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