An Ultraclean Tip-Wear Reduction Scheme for Ultrahigh Density Scanning Probe-Based Data Storage

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2014-09-03 11:09:55 作者: 所属分类:期刊 阅读: 1,002 views

Probe-based memory devices using ferroelectric media have the potential to achieve ultrahigh data-storage densities under high write-read speeds. However, the high-speed scanning operations over a device lifetime of 5-10 years, which corresponds to a probe tip sliding distance of 5-10 km, can cause the probe tip to mechanically wear, critically affecting its write-read resolution. Here, we show that the long distance tip-wear endurance issue can be resolved by introducing a thin water layer at the tip-media interface-thin enough to form a liquid crystal. By modulating the force at the tip-surface contact, this water crystal layer can act as a viscoelastic material which reduces the stress level on atomic bonds taking part in the wear process. Under our optimized environment, a platinum-iridium probe tip can retain its write-read resolution over 5 km of sliding at a 5 mm/s velocity on a smooth ferroelectric film. We also demonstrate a 3.6 Tbit/inch(2) storage density over a 1 x 1 mu m(2) area, which is the highest density ever written on ferroelectric films over such a large area.