Rhombohedral Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 thin films: Ferroelectricity and devices

Yingfen Wei

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This thesis reports a new polar r-phase, with large polarization and robustness. According to the crystal studies on different substrates, specific guidelines are given on how to achieve this new ferroelectric r-phase in HZO thin films. Taking advantage of the great properties of HZO thin films with this new phase, the films were integrated as tunnel barriers into multiferroic tunnel junction. The properties of this device are studied, which give some insights for the future possible application. An intermediate stage has been achieved which unites 4-resistance states, 10^6% TER and TMR reversal upon electric field switching. Success in stabilizing such a stage for a large enough number of cycles will offer a new type of multifunctional device with important advantages with respect to current solutions.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • University of Groningen
  • Noheda, Beatriz, Supervisor
  • Kooi, Bart, Supervisor
Award date17-Jan-2020
Place of Publication[Groningen]
Print ISBNs978-94-034-2234-3
Electronic ISBNs978-94-034-2235-0
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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