An AC-assisted single-nanowire electromechanical switch

Jana Andzane, Raimonds Meija, Alexander I. Livshits, Juris Prikulis, Subhajit Biswas, Justin D. Holmes, Donats Erts

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A unique two-source controlled nanoelectromechanical switch has been assembled from individual, single-clamped Ge nanowires. The switching behaviour was achieved by superimposing the control signals of specific frequencies to the electrostatic potential of the output terminals, eliminating the need for an additional gate electrode. Using an in situ manipulation technique inside a scanning electron microscope, we demonstrate that the pull-out force required to overcome adhesion at the contact can be significantly reduced by exciting mechanical resonant modes within the nanowire.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7134-7138
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry C
Issue number43
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes

Field of Science*

  • 1.4 Chemical sciences
  • 1.3 Physical sciences

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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