Jahn-Teller distortions and the supershell effect in metal nanowires

D. F. Urban, J. Bürki, C. H. Zhang, C. A. Stafford, Hermann Grabert

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The stability analysis of elliptical metal nanowires, using a jellium model, was presented. It was shown that a Jahn-Teller deformation breaking cylindrical symmetry can be energetically favorable, leading to stable nanowires with elliptic cross sections. It was found that the derived sequence of stable cylindrical and elliptical geometries explains the experimentally observed shell and superstructures for alkali metals. It was suggested that for gold, elliptical nanowires are even more likely to form since their eccentricity is smaller than for alkali metals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number186403
Pages (from-to)186403-1-186403-4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number18
StatePublished - Oct 29 2004

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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