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An Energy Barrier Framework for the Limits of Charge- and Spin-Based Switches

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A generic abstraction for a binary switch is described and related to the operational properties of two physical implementations: charge and spin. For a system at equilibrium with thermal environment, an energy barrier is needed to separate two distinguishable states. We utilize the fundamental concept of the energy barrier to study limiting characteristics of these two classes of binary switch. Some of the technical challenges that must be overcome if spin-based binary switches are to find widespread application are discussed.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2006

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  • Journal of Nanoelectronics and Optoelectronics (JNO) is an international and cross-disciplinary peer reviewed journal to consolidate emerging experimental and theoretical research activities in the areas of nanoscale electronic and optoelectronic materials and devices into a single and unique reference source. JNO aims to facilitate the dissemination of interdisciplinary research results in the inter-related and converging fields of nanoelectronics and optoelectronics.
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