Rate-limiting processes determining the switching time in a Ag2S atomic switch

Alpana Nayak*, Takuro Tamura, Tohru Tsuruoka, Kazuya Terabe, Sumio Hosaka, Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, Masakazu Aono

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The switching time of a Ag2S atomic switch, in which formation and annihilation of a Ag atomic bridge is controlled by a solid-electrochemical reaction in a nanogap between two electrodes, is investigated as a function of bias voltage and temperature. Increasing the bias voltage decreases the switching time exponentially, with a greater exponent for the lower range of bias than that for the higher range. Furthermore, the switching time shortens exponentially with raising temperature, following the Arrhenius relation with activation energy values of 0.58 and 1.32 eV for lower and higher bias ranges, respectively. These results indicate that there are two main processes which govern the rate of switching, first, the electrochemical reduction Ag ++e-→Ag and, second, the diffusion of Ag+ ions. This investigation advances the fundamental understanding of the switching mechanism of the atomic switch, which is essential for its successful device application.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)604-608
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Feb 4
Externally publishedYes


  • Electron transport
  • Hard matter
  • Optical and electronic devices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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