"Freestanding Oxide Ferroelectric Tunnel Junction Memories Transferred onto Silicon"

Di Lu: Sam Crossley, Ruijuan Xu, Yasuyuki Hikita, Harold Y. Hwang; NanoLetters, 05/28/19.

Additional Authors: Sam Crossley, Ruijuan Xu, Yasuyuki Hikita, Harold Y. Hwang


Crystalline oxide ferroelectric tunnel junctions enable persistent encoding of information in electric polarization, featuring nondestructive readout and scalability that can exceed current commercial high-speed, nonvolatile ferroelectric memories. However, the well-established fabrication of epitaxial devices on oxide substrates is difficult to adapt to silicon substrates for integration into complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor electronics. In this work, we report ferroelectric tunnel junctions based on 2.8 nm-thick BaTiO3 films grown epitaxially on SrTiO3 growth substrates, released, and relaminated onto silicon. The performance of the transferred devices is comparable to devices characterized on the oxide substrate, suggesting a viable route toward next-generation nonvolatile memories broadly integrable with different materials platforms.