Simulations and experiments of aluminum conductance histograms

M. Díaz, J. L. Costa-Krämer, P. A. Serena, E. Medina, A. Hasmy

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We study experimentally and numerically the statistical conductance properties of Al breaking nanocontacts at room temperature. The measured conductance histogram (CH) from hundreds of consecutive experiments exhibits peaks close to integer values in units of 2e2/h. The results are compared with minimum-cross-section histograms obtained from molecular dynamics calculations. The agreement between these atomistic simulations and experiments provides evidence that the CH is a signature of favourable atomic configurations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-120
Number of pages3
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2001
Externally publishedYes
EventTrends in Nanotechnology (TNT 2000) Conference - Toledo, Spain
Duration: 12 Oct 200016 Oct 2000


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