Nanometer-scale reversible recording using STM

Authors

  • Dr. Akinobu Sato,

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    1. Functional Devices Research Laboratories, NEC Corporation 4-1-1, Miyazaki, Miyamae-ku, Kawasaki 216 (Japan)
    • Functional Devices Research Laboratories, NEC Corporation 4-1-1, Miyazaki, Miyamae-ku, Kawasaki 216 (Japan)
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  • Dr. Yuji Tsukamoto

    1. Functional Devices Research Laboratories, NEC Corporation 4-1-1, Miyazaki, Miyamae-ku, Kawasaki 216 (Japan)
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Abstract

Data storae using the scanning tunneling microscope has come one step nearer. Instead of using changes in surface morphology for recording as previously proposed, changes in tunneling current are produced by locally induced phase transitions between crystalline and glassy forms of avanadate composite material. This has the advantages of being reversible, a room-temperature technique, and less susceptible to defects. The recording mechanism is though to the pulse-voltage-induced migration of sodium ions along the electric field.

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