Organic ferroelectric/semiconducting nanowire hybrid layer for memory storage

R. Cai, H.G. Kassa, R. Haouari, A. Marrani, Y.H. Geerts, Chr. Ruzié, A.J.J.M. van Breemen, G.H. Gelinck, B. Nysten, Zh. Hu, A.M. Jonas

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Abstract

Ferroelectric materials are important components of sensors, actuators and non-volatile memories. However, possible device configurations are limited due to the need to provide screening charges to ferroelectric interfaces to avoid depolarization. Here we show that, by alternating ferroelectric and semiconducting nanowires over an insulating substrate, the ferroelectric dipole moment can be stabilized by injected free charge carriers accumulating laterally in the neighboring semiconducting nanowires. This lateral electrostatic coupling between ferroelectric and semiconducting nanowires offers new opportunities to design new device architectures. As an example, we demonstrate the fabrication of an elementary non-volatile memory device in a transistor-like configuration, of which the source-drain current exhibits a typical hysteretic behavior with respect to the poling voltage. The potential for size reduction intrinsic to the nanostructured hybrid layer offers opportunities for the development of strongly miniaturized ferroelectric and piezoelectric devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5968-5976
Number of pages9
JournalNanoscale
Volume8
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2016

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    Cai, R., Kassa, H. G., Haouari, R., Marrani, A., Geerts, Y. H., Ruzié, C., van Breemen, A. J. J. M., Gelinck, G. H., Nysten, B., Hu, Z., & Jonas, A. M. (2016). Organic ferroelectric/semiconducting nanowire hybrid layer for memory storage. Nanoscale, 8(11), 5968-5976. https://doi.org/10.1039/c6nr00049e