Valle, Miriam del and Tejedor, Carlos and Cuniberti, Gianaurelio
Scaling of the conductance in gold nanotubes.
Physical Review B 74, 045408.
Other URL: http://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevB.74.045408
A new form of gold nanobridges has been recently observed in ultrahigh-vacuum experiments, where the gold atoms rearrange to build helical nanotubes, akin in some respects to carbon nanotubes. The good reproducibility of these wires and their unexpected stability will allow for conductance measurements and make them promising candidates for future applications . We present here a study of the transport properties of these nanotubes in order to understand the role of chirality and of the different orbitals in quantum transport observables. The conductance per atomic row shows a light decreasing trend as the diameter grows, which is also shown through an analytical formula based on a one-orbital model.