A novel nanoionics-based switch for microwave applications

James A. Nessel, Richard Q. Lee, Carl H. Mueller, Michael Kozicki, Minghan Ren, Jacki Morse

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This paper reports the development and characterization of a novel switching device for use in microwave systems. The device utilizes a switching mechanism based on nanoionics, in which mobile ions within a solid electrolyte undergo an electrochemical process to form and remove a conductive metallic "bridge" to define the change of state. The nanoionics-based switch has demonstrated an insertion loss of ∼0.5dB, isolation of >30dB, low voltage operation (IV), low power (∼pW) and low energy (∼nJ) consumption, and excellent linearity up to 6 GHz. The switch requires fewer bias operations (due to non-volatile nature) and has a simple planar geometry allowing for novel device structures and easy integration into microwave power distribution circuits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2008 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium Digest, MTT
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781424417810
StatePublished - 2008
Event2008 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium Digest, MTT - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: Jun 15 2008Jun 20 2008

Publication series

NameIEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium Digest
ISSN (Print)0149-645X


Other2008 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium Digest, MTT
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA


  • Microwave switches
  • Nanotechnology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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