Current-induced crystallisation in Heusler alloy films for memory potentiation in neuromorphic computation

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The current information technology has been developed based on von Neumann type computation. In order to sustain the rate of development, it is essential to investigate alternative technologies. In a next-generation computation, an important feature is memory potentiation, which has been overlooked to date. In this study, potentiation functionality is demonstrated in a giant magnetoresistive (GMR) junction consisting of a half-metallic Heusler alloy which can be a candidate of an artificial synapse while still achieving a low resistance-area product for low power consumption. Here the Heusler alloy films are grown on a (110) surface to promote layer-by-layer growth to reduce their crystallisation energy, which is comparable with Joule heating induced by a controlled current introduction. The current-induced crystallisation leads to the reduction in the corresponding resistivity, which acts as memory potentiation for an artificial GMR synaptic junction.
Original languageEnglish
Article number17382
JournalScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - 30 Aug 2021

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