Electronic shell effects and the stability of alkali nanowires

D. F. Urban, J. Bürki, A. I. Yanson, I. K. Yanson, C. A. Stafford, J. M. Van Ruitenbeek, Hermann Grabert

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Abstract

Experimental conductance histograms for Na nanowires are analyzed in detail and compared to recent theoretical results on the stability of cylindrical and elliptical nanowires, using the free-electron model. We find a one-to-one correspondence between the peaks in the histograms and the most stable nanowire geometries, indicating that several of the commonly observed nanowires have elliptical cross sections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)609-614
Number of pages6
JournalSolid State Communications
Volume131
Issue number9-10 SPEC. ISS.
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2004

Keywords

  • A. Metals
  • A. Nanostructures
  • D. Electronic transport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry

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