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Characterization of Ag-Sb-Te alloy and their films for phase-change optical memories
Author(s): Yagya Deva Sharma; P. K. Bhatnagar
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Paper Abstract

Ag-Sb-Te alloy and films are developed as Optical recording material based on amorphous - crystalline phase transformation. The crystallization process of Ag-Sb-Te films is systematically studied through measurement of recording characteristics to solve the trade off problem between data stability and erasing sensitivity. Phase change optical recording disks have been found to demonstrate long thermal stability of the amorphous recording marks. In the present work, preparation and characterization of the chalcogenide alloy Ag x - Sb 2(1-x) - Te3(1-x) with different composition (x = 0.16, 0.18 and 0.20) has been presented. Samples were prepared using melt quenching technique and the films were grown by thermal evaporation system. The thermal Characterization of Ag-Sb-Te material was studied using differential thermal analysis (DTA) and Optical Characterization (Transmittance and reflectance) respectively. The films were studied for both cases: before and after annealing. The Differential thermal analysis curves were recorded for different compositions and glass transition temperature (Tg), crystallization temperature (Tc) and melting temperature (Tm) have been obtained. It may also be concluded that Tg/Tm ratio is closer to required condition for the phase change optical data storage material. Thermal and optical Characterization shows that the Ag-Sb-Te material is a potential candidate for phase change optical memory application. The optimized composition has also been obtained.

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Date Published: 4 November 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5188, Advanced Characterization Techniques for Optics, Semiconductors, and Nanotechnologies, (4 November 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.505604
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Yagya Deva Sharma, Univ. of Delhi (India)
P. K. Bhatnagar, Univ. of Delhi (India)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5188:
Advanced Characterization Techniques for Optics, Semiconductors, and Nanotechnologies
Angela Duparre; Bhanwar Singh, Editor(s)

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