Adsorbate effect on conductance quantization in metallic nanowires

C. Li, H. Sha, N. Tao

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We have studied conductance quantization in metallic nanowires upon adsorption of molecules with different adsorption strengths. The conductance still changes in a step-wise fashion even in the presence of strong adsorption, and the average sharpness, length, and number of the conductance steps remain unchanged. However, the step positions deviate significantly from the integer values of the conductance quantum, (Formula presented) While the deviation may be attributed to the scattering of the ballistic electrons by the adsorbates, evidence shows that the adsorbates also affect conductance by changing the atomic configurations of the nanowires.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6775-6778
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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