Experimental conductivity measurements made during highly stable tensile deformation of Au nanowires show a rich variety of behaviors, including non-integer quantum conductance plateaus, transitions and slopes. Using tight binding conductance calculations on simulated nanowires previously deformed using density functional theory, we demonstrate that all of these phenomena arise from structural transitions between highly stable ordered atomic configurations that self organize during tensile deformation.
Citation: Physical Review Letters
Pub Type: Journals
Gold, Nanowires, Conduction, Transport, DFT, FSBJ