switching transition

A transition in semiconductive glasses in which, beyond a critical applied voltage, there is an avalanche breakdown of conducting electrons that causes local @M03821@ and hence local @C01434@ that gives metallic conductivity.
PAC, 1994, 66, 577. (Definitions of terms relating to phase transitions of the solid state (IUPAC Recommendations 1994)) on page 592 [Terms] [Paper]