Contact degradation in hot/cold operation of direct contact micro-switches

@article{Yang2010ContactDI,
  title={Contact degradation in hot/cold operation of direct contact micro-switches},
  author={Z. Yang and Daniel J. Lichtenwalner and Arthur S. Morris and Jacqueline Krim and Angus I. Kingon},
  journal={Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering},
  year={2010},
  volume={20},
  pages={105028}
}
Degradation of gold contacts in micro-switches was studied under an extensive range of operation conditions including high-electric-field ac/dc hot switching, low-electric-field hot switching and cold switching. Tests were conducted in a unique experimental switching operation set-up. Gold micro-contacts were characterized by an atomic force microscope. It was found that a unique material transfer/distribution feature was correlated with specific switching operations. New insights into contact… 

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