We compare the crystallization behavior of thin films of Ge2Sb2.3Te5 in various amorphous states, namely, as-deposited, melt-quenched, and primed. These films are embedded in a quadrilayer stack similar in structure to the commercially available phase-change optical disks. This study shows that the melt-quenched amorphous film has a shorter crystallization onset time and a higher crystallization rate in comparison to the as-deposited amorphous film. We also observed that variable priming leads to crystallization behavior falling between that of the as-deposited and melt-quenched states. A qualitative model of the modification in crystallization behavior due to priming is given based on the notion that priming produces crystalline embryos which hastens crystallization process.
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