Displacive transformation is a diffusionless transition through shearing and shuffling of atoms. Diffusionless displacive transition with modifications in physical properties can help manufacture fast semiconducting devices for applications such as data storage and switching. MnTe is known as a polymorphic compound. Here we show that a MnTe semiconductor film exhibits a reversible displacive transformation based on an atomic-plane shuffling mechanism, which results in large electrical and optical contrasts. We found that MnTe polycrystalline films show reversible resistive switching via fast Joule heating and enable nonvolatile memory with lower energy and faster operation compared with conventional phase-change materials showing diffusional amorphous-to-crystalline transition. We also found that the optical reflectance of MnTe films can be reversibly changed by laser heating. The present findings offer new insights into developing low power consumption and fast-operation electronic and photonic phase-change devices.
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- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Physics and Astronomy(all)