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The operation of a single class of optical materials in both a volatile and nonvolatile manner is becoming increasingly important in many applications. This is particularly true in the newly emerging field of photonic neuromorphic computing, where it is desirable to have both volatile (short‐term transient) and nonvolatile (long‐term static) memory operation, for instance, to mimic the behavior of biological neurons and synapses. The search for such materials thus far have focused on phase change materials where typically two different types are required for the two different operational regimes. In this paper, a tunable volatile/nonvolatile response is demonstrated in a photonic phase‐change memory cell based on the commonly employed nonvolatile material Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST). A time‐dependent, multiphysics simulation framework is developed to corroborate the experimental results, allowing us to spatially resolve …
Publication date: 
1 Mar 2019

Nathan Youngblood, Carlos Ríos, Emanuele Gemo, Johannes Feldmann, Zengguang Cheng, Anna Baldycheva, Wolfram HP Pernice, C David Wright, Harish Bhaskaran

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Volume: 29 Issue: 11 Pages: 1807571
Advanced Functional Materials