Ferroelectric gating of functional materials has often suffered because ferroelectric materials are poor insulators. In this study, the recently reported ferroelectric HfO2, a large band-gap oxide with excellent insulating properties, is exploited for electrostatically gating the archetypical metal–insulator transition material, VO2. By protecting the meta-stable ferroelectric phase from deterioration, the ferroelectric gating is successfully demonstrated with an ultra-thin VO2 channel in the back-gate geometry. The observed modulation of the VO2 channel conductivity is originated from the ferroelectric polarization reversal in the HfO2 gate insulator combined with the VO2 metal–insulator transition. These results demonstrate the significant potential of ferroelectric HfO2 for electrostatically controlling the state of matter for both fundamental research and device application.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials