Low current resistive switching in Cu-SiO2 cells

C. Schindler, M. Weides, Michael Kozicki, R. Waser

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Resistive switching in IrSi O2 Cu memory cells was investigated. The proposed switching mechanism is the formation and dissolution of a Cu filament. Under positive bias, Cu cations migrate through Si O2 and are reduced at the counterelectrode forming a filament. The filament is dissolved under reverse bias. The write current can be reduced down to 10 pA which is four orders of magnitude below published values and shows the potential of extremely low power-consuming memory cells. Furthermore, a comparison of the charge flow in the high resistance state and the energy for writing is given for write currents between 25 pA and 10 nA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number122910
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2008

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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