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Towards Femtojoule Nanoparticle Phase-Change Memory

Andrey I. Denisyuk, Kevin F. MacDonald, F. Javier García de Abajo1, and Nikolay I. Zheludev

Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom
1Instituto de Óptica—CSIC, Serrano 121, 28006 Madrid, Spain

(Received September 16, 2008; accepted December 23, 2008; published online March 23, 2009)

In this article we review the concept of electron-beam-addressed high density phase-change nanoparticle memory, where information is written in the phase state of gallium nanoparticles by electron beam excitation, and read-out via measurements of cathodoluminescent emission. The high spatial resolution provided by a focused electron beam, far below the optical diffraction limit, offers the possibility of addressing individual nanoparticles within a close-packed array, thereby enabling a new conceptual basis for high density phase-change memory.

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DOI: 10.1143/JJAP.48.03A065


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