In Situ Transformations of Gold Contacts Studied by Moleculad Dynamics Simulations

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We apply molecular dynamics methods for simulation of in situ processes in new combined TEM/SPM technique. The atomic structure transformations of a gold nanobridge between two contacts are studied in processes of loading-unloading and friction cycles, vertical, lateral, diagonal and zigzag motion. In all cases only a single-atom contact is broken at the final stage of deformations. The deformation process strongly depends on the velocity of fracture and schemes of motion.

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Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: 3, Technical Proceedings of the 2004 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show, Volume 3
Published: March 7, 2004
Pages: 173 - 175
Industry sectors: Advanced Materials & Manufacturing | Sensors, MEMS, Electronics
Topic: Nanoelectronics
ISBN: 0-9728422-9-2