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Integrated phase-change photonic memory devices offer a novel route to non-volatile storage and computing that can be carried out entirely in the optical domain, obviating the necessity for time and energy consuming opto-electrical conversions. Such memory devices generally consist of integrated waveguide structures onto which are fabricated small phase-change memory cells. Switching these cells between their amorphous and crystalline states modifies significantly the optical transmission through the waveguide, so providing memory, and computing, functionality. To carry out such switching, optical pulses are sent down the waveguide, coupling to the phase-change cell, heating it up, and so switching it between states. While great strides have been made in the development of integrated phase-change photonic devices in recent years, there is always a pressing need for faster switching times, lower energy …
Optical Society of America
Publication date: 
19 Aug 2019

Emanuele Gemo, Santiago Garcia-Cuevas Carrillo, Carlota Ruiz De Galarreta, Anna Baldycheva, Hasan Hayat, Nathan Youngblood, Harish Bhaskaran, Wolfram HP Pernice, C David Wright

Biblio References: 
Volume: 27 Issue: 17 Pages: 24724-24737
Optics express