Quantum interference structures in the conductance plateaus of gold nanojunctions

A. Halbritter, S. Csonka, G. Mihály, O. I. Shklyarevskii, S. Speller, H. Van Kempen

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Abstract

The conductance of breaking metallic nanojunctions shows plateaus alternated with sudden jumps, corresponding to the stretching of stable atomic configurations and atomic rearrangements. We investigate the structure of the conductance plateaus both by measuring the voltage dependence of the plateaus' slope on individual junctions and by a detailed statistical analysis on a large amount of contacts. Though the atomic discreteness of the junction plays a fundamental role in the evolution of the conductance, we find that the fine structure of the conductance plateaus is determined by quantum interference phenomenon to a great extent.

Original languageEnglish
Article number121411
Pages (from-to)1214111-1214114
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume69
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004

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Quantum interference structures in the conductance plateaus of gold nanojunctions. / Halbritter, A.; Csonka, S.; Mihály, G.; Shklyarevskii, O. I.; Speller, S.; Van Kempen, H.

In: Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, Vol. 69, No. 12, 121411, 03.2004, p. 1214111-1214114.

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