Structural and electronic properties of gold nanowires
Laboratório Nacional de Luz Síncrotron, C.P. 6192, 13084-971 Campinas SP, Brazil
2 Intituto de Física Gleb Wataghin-UNICAMP, C.P. 6161, 13083-970 Campinas SP, Brazil
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Published online: 15 September 2001
We have used high resolution transmission electron microscopy to determine the structure of gold nanowires generated by mechanical stretching. Just before rupture, the contacts adopt only three possible atomic configurations, whose occurrence probabilities and quantized conductance were subsequently estimated. These predictions have shown a remarkable agreement with conductance measurements from a break junction operating in ultra-high-vacuum, corroborating the derived correlation between nanowire atomic structure and conductance behavior.
PACS: 68.65.La – Quantum wires / 68.65.-k – Low-dimensional, mesoscopic, and nanoscale systems: structure and nonelectronic properties / 73.63.-b – Electronic transport in mesoscopic or nanoscale materials and structures
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag, 2001