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Synapse behavior characterization and physical mechanism of a TiN/SiOx/p-Si tunneling memristor device

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The demand for large-scale deep learning neural networks has driven the development of nanoscale memristor devices, which perform brain-inspired neuromorphic computing. In this study, we present an electroforming free-tunneling junction device based on a TiN/SiOx/p-Si structure. This proposed device exhibited artificial synapse behaviors via applying pulse train. The impacts of pulse amplitude, width and interval were investigated for gradually modulating the conduction of the device. Particularly, short-term plasticity (STP) could be continually modulated by successive voltage sweeps or pulses. Symbolizing the relaxation time of memory ability could emulate the excitatory postsynaptic current (EPSC) of different pulse models. It is proposed that the variable-range hopping (VRH) and Fowler–Nordheim (FN) tunneling theories are responsible for gradual conduction change to mimic the bio-synapse based in the TiN/SiOx/p-Si memristor. This study provides further insights into the physical mechanisms of the gradual change in resistance for mimicking bio-synapse.

Graphical abstract: Synapse behavior characterization and physical mechanism of a TiN/SiOx/p-Si tunneling memristor device

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The article was received on 28 Sep 2018, accepted on 26 Dec 2018 and first published on 29 Dec 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8TC04903C
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2019, Advance Article
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    Synapse behavior characterization and physical mechanism of a TiN/SiOx/p-Si tunneling memristor device

    Z. Zhou, X. Yan, J. Zhao, C. Lu, D. Ren, N. Lu, J. Wang, L. Zhang, X. Li, H. Wang and M. Zhao, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8TC04903C

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