Jellium model of metallic nanocohesion

C. A. Stafford, D. Baeriswyl, J. Bürki

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Abstract

A unified treatment of the cohesive and conducting properties of metallic nanostructures in terms of the electronic scattering matrix is developed. A simple picture of metallic nanocohesion in which conductance channels act as delocalized chemical bonds is derived in the jellium approximation. Universal force oscillations of order εFF are predicted when a metallic quantum wire is stretched to the breaking point, which are synchronized with quantized jumps in the conductance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2863-2866
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume79
Issue number15
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

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