By Alexander V. Kolobov

A cutting-edge description of metastability saw in chalcogenide alloys is gifted with the accessory at the underlying physics. A comparability is made among sulphur(selenium)-based chalcogenide glasses, the place various photo-induced phenomena occur fullyyt in the amorphous part, and tellurides the place a reversible crystal-to-amorphous phase-change transformation is a massive impact. functions of metastability in devices¿optical stories and nonvolatile digital phase-change random-access thoughts between others are mentioned, together with the most recent developments. history fabric crucial for realizing present learn within the box is additionally provided.

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