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Towards a quantitative description of solid electrolyte conductance switches

Morales-Masis, Monica and Wiemh€ ofer, Hans-Dieter and van Ruitenbeek, Jan M. (2010) Towards a quantitative description of solid electrolyte conductance switches. nanoscale .

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We present a quantitative analysis of the steady-state electronic transport in a resistive switching device.The device is composed of a thin film of Ag2S (solid electrolyte) contacted by a Pt nano-contact acting as ion-blocking electrode, and a large-area Ag reference electrode. When applying a bias voltage both ionic and electronic transport occurs, and depending on the polarity it causes an accumulation of ions around the nano-contact. At small applied voltages (pre-switching) we observed this as a strongly nonlinear current–voltage curve, which is modeled using the Hebb–Wagner treatment for polarization of a mixed conductor. This model correctly describes the transport of the electrons within the polarized solid electrolyte in the steady-state up until the resistance switching, covering the entire range of non-stoichiometries, and including the supersaturation range just before the deposition of elemental silver. In this way, it is a step towards a quantitative understanding of the processes that lead to resistance switching

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Material Science > Nanochemistry
ID Code:9630
Deposited By:CSMNT
Deposited On:24 Sep 2010 10:06
Last Modified:24 Sep 2010 10:06

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