An effective resistive-switching effect has been observed in silicon nitride (Si3N4) dielectrics in Ag/Si3N 4/Al memory cells. The ratio of the low resistance to high resistance state was larger than 107 at 1.2 V for a 10 nm thick Si 3N4 layer. This switching behavior is attributed to a change in the conductivity of the Si3N4 dielectrics, depending on whether nitride-related traps are filled with electrons under positive biases or unfilled under negative biases. This assertion is experimentally confirmed from the relationship between the amount of charges trapped in the Si3N4 layer and the corresponding changes in its resistance with respect to bias voltages. In addition, the formation or dissolution of the conductive path is confirmed by conductive atomic force microscopy current images.
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- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Materials Chemistry
- Condensed Matter Physics