Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS March Meeting 2012
Volume 57, Number 1
Monday–Friday, February 27–March 2 2012; Boston, Massachusetts
Session H5: Focus Session: Interfaces in Complex Oxides - Polar Interfaces and Ferroelectrics
8:00 AM–11:00 AM,
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Sponsoring Unit: DMP
Chair: Susanne Stemmer, University of California, Santa Barbara
Abstract ID: BAPS.2012.MAR.H5.7
Abstract: H5.00007 : Memristive behavior of ferroelectric tunnel junctions*
9:12 AM–9:48 AM
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(University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Employment of polarization reversal in ultrathin ferroelectric layers opens new possibilities for development of electronic devices with novel functional properties not available in conventional systems. A particularly promising aspect is realization of resistive switching in the ferroelectric tunnel junctions (FTJ), which can be used as non-charge based logical switches in nonvolatile memory devices. Functionality of FTJs is intrinsically linked to a relationship between polarization orientation and tunneling resistance, which brings about a problem of ferroelectric switching and polarization retention in ultrathin ferroelectric barriers. Here, we demonstrate a giant resistive switching effect of more than 105\% at room temperature in the FTJ device structure composed of an epitaxial BaTiO$_3$ ferroelectric barrier sandwiched between bottom and top electrodes. We provide experimental evidence of the memristive behavior of these FTJs where both the low- and high-resistance states can be tuned by the external voltage by several orders of magnitude. The mechanism of the memristive behavior in our junctions is discussed in terms of the modifications of the tunneling potential profile driven by the charge accumulation in the BaTiO$_3$ layer.
*This research was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering (DOE grant DE-SC0004876).
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