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Rewriting Magnetic Phase Change Memory By Laser Heating, John Timmerwilke, Sy-Hwang Liou, Shu Fan Cheng, Alan S. Edelstein Jan 2016

Rewriting Magnetic Phase Change Memory By Laser Heating, John Timmerwilke, Sy-Hwang Liou, Shu Fan Cheng, Alan S. Edelstein

Si-Hwang Liou Publications

Magnetic phase change memory (MAG PCM) consists of bits with different magnetic permeability values. The bits are read by measuring their effect on a magnetic probe field. Previously low permeability crystalline bits had been written in high permeability amorphous films of Metglas via laser heating. Here data is presented showing that by applying short laser pulses with the appropriate power to previously crystallized regions they can first be vitrified and then again crystallized. Thus, MAG PCM is rewriteable. Technical issues in processing the bits are discussed and results on thermal modeling are presented.


Positive Exchange Bias In Epitaxial Permalloy/Mgo Integrated With Si (100), S. S. Rao, J. T. Prater, Fan Wu, S. Nori, D. Kumar, Lanping Yue, Sy_Hwang Liou, Jagdish Narayan Jan 2014

Positive Exchange Bias In Epitaxial Permalloy/Mgo Integrated With Si (100), S. S. Rao, J. T. Prater, Fan Wu, S. Nori, D. Kumar, Lanping Yue, Sy_Hwang Liou, Jagdish Narayan

Si-Hwang Liou Publications

In magnetic random access memory (MRAM) devices, soft magnetic thin film elements such as permalloy (Py) are used as unit cells of information. The epitaxial integration of these elements with the technologically important substrate Si (100) and a thorough understanding of their magnetic properties are critical for CMOS-based magnetic devices. We report on the epitaxial growth of Ni82.5Fe17.5 (permalloy, Py) on Si (100) using a TiN/MgO buffer layer. Initial stages of growth are characterized by the formation of discrete islands that gradually merge into a continuous film as deposition times are extended. Interestingly, we ...