Atomic-size oscillations in conductance histograms for gold nanowires and the influence of work hardening

I. K. Yanson, O. I. Shklyarevskii, Sz Csonka, H. Van Kempen, S. Speller, A. I. Yanson, J. M. Van Ruitenbeek

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Abstract

Nanowires of different natures have been shown to self-assemble as a function of stress at the contact between two macroscopic metallic leads. Here we demonstrate for Au wires that the balance between various metastable nanowire configurations is influenced by the microstructure of the starting materials, and we discover a new set of periodic structures, which we interpret as due to the atomic discreteness of the contact size for the three principal crystal orientations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number256806
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume95
Issue number25
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 16 2005

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    Yanson, I. K., Shklyarevskii, O. I., Csonka, S., Van Kempen, H., Speller, S., Yanson, A. I., & Van Ruitenbeek, J. M. (2005). Atomic-size oscillations in conductance histograms for gold nanowires and the influence of work hardening. Physical review letters, 95(25), [256806]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.95.256806