Chain formation of metal atoms

Sune Rastad Bahn, Karsten Wedel Jacobsen

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Abstract

The possibility of formation of single-atomic chains by manipulation of nanocontacts is studied for a selection of metals (Ni, Pd, Pt, Cu, Ag, Au). Molecular dynamics simulations show that the tendency for chain formation is strongest for Au and Pt. Density functional theory calculations indicate that the metals which form chains exhibit pronounced many-atom interactions with strong bonding in low coordinated systems.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume87
Issue number26
Pages (from-to)266101
ISSN0031-9007
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

Bibliographical note

Copyright (2001) American Physical Society

Keywords

  • MONATOMIC GOLD WIRES
  • CONDUCTANCE
  • NANOWIRES

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