Quantum theory of metallic nanocohesion

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The conducting and mechanical properties of ultrasmall metallic structures are calculated using the electronic scattering matrix, evaluated in the free electron approximation. Force oscillations of the order εFF are predicted when a metallic quantum wire is stretched to the breaking point, which are synchronized with quantized jumps in the conductance. Coherent backscattering from impurities is shown to lead to fine structure (a "quantum fingerprint") in the force oscillations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)310-312
Number of pages3
JournalPhysica E: Low-Dimensional Systems and Nanostructures
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Jan 19 1997


  • Conductance quantization
  • Nanocohesion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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