Cockcroft-walton multiplier based on unipolar Ag/HfO2/Pt threshold switch

Ahmedullah Aziz, Nikhil Shukla, Alan Seabaugh, Suman Datta, Sumeet Gupta

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Threshold switches (TS) exhibiting electrically driven phase transition between high resistance (insulating) and low resistance (metallic) states have shown an immense promise for several circuit applications [1]. Ag/HfO2/Pt} based TS, a recent inclusion in this group, was reported to have high selectivity (~107) and unipolar conduction [2], [3]. The unipolar nature of such a TS may be capitalized to achieve diode-like rectifying behavior with unique advantages. In this work, we discuss the merits of Ag/HfO2/Pt TS over standard diodes and present a Cockcroft-Walton multiplier (CWM) [4], [5] based on Ag/HfO2/Pt. The proposed CWM generates higher DC voltage from an AC input compared to standard CWM, utilizing (a) high selectivity (b) hysteretic behavior (c) abrupt insulator → metal transitions and (d) unipolar conduction of Ag/HfO2/Pt.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 76th Device Research Conference, DRC 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781538630280
StatePublished - Aug 20 2018
Event76th Device Research Conference, DRC 2018 - Santa Barbara, United States
Duration: Jun 24 2018Jun 27 2018

Publication series

NameDevice Research Conference - Conference Digest, DRC
ISSN (Print)1548-3770


Other76th Device Research Conference, DRC 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySanta Barbara

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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