Nanoscale Resistive Switching in Amorphous Perovskite Oxide ( a- SrTiO 3 ) Memristors

  • Nili H
  • Walia S
  • Balendhran S
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Memristive devices are the precursors to high density nanoscale memories and the building blocks for neuromorphic computing. In this work, a unique room temperature synthesized perovskite oxide (amorphous SrTiO3: a-STO) thin film platform with engineered oxygen deficiencies is shown to realize high performance and scalable metal-oxide-metal (MIM) memristive arrays demonstrating excellent uniformity of the key resistive switching parameters. a-STO memristors exhibit nonvolatile bipolar resistive switching with significantly high (103–104) switching ratios, good endurance (>106I–V sweep cycles), and retention with less than 1% change in resistance over repeated 105 s long READ cycles. Nano-contact studies utilizing in situ electrical nanoindentation technique reveal nanoionics driven switching processes that rely on isolatedly controllable nano-switches uniformly distributed over the device area. Furthermore, in situ electrical nanoindentation studies on ultrathin a-STO/metal stacks highlight the impact of mechanical stress on the modulation of non-linear ionic transport mechanisms in perovskite oxides while confirming the ultimate scalability of these devices. These results highlight the promise of amorphous perovskite memristors for high performance CMOS/CMOL compatible memristive systems.

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  • Hussein Nili

  • Sumeet Walia

  • Sivacarendran Balendhran

  • Dmitri B. Strukov

  • Madhu Bhaskaran

  • Sharath Sriram

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