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GeTe: a simple compound blessed with a plethora of properties

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GeTe is a rather unconventional and complex compound from a fundamental point of view considering its very simple stoichiometry. Within this review, we first discuss the crystal structure of GeTe, focusing our attention on the bonding mechanism and on the distortion of the unit cell. This distortion is responsible for the ferroelectric properties of GeTe that are also considered here. Furthermore, we describe the amorphous phase and review the phase change material properties resorting to examples from several GeTe based alloys. Finally we examine the usage of GeTe for spintronics, a fairly recent application field.

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The article was received on 02 Jun 2017, accepted on 17 Aug 2017 and first published on 17 Aug 2017


Article type: Highlight
DOI: 10.1039/C7CE01040K
Citation: CrystEngComm, 2017,19, 5324-5335
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    GeTe: a simple compound blessed with a plethora of properties

    J. E. Boschker, R. Wang and R. Calarco, CrystEngComm, 2017, 19, 5324
    DOI: 10.1039/C7CE01040K

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