Orientation-Dependent Transparency of Metallic Interfaces


Xu, P.X. and Xia, K. and Zwierzycki, M. and Talanana, M. and Kelly, P.J. (2006) Orientation-Dependent Transparency of Metallic Interfaces. Physical Review Letters, 96 (17). p. 176602. ISSN 0031-9007

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Abstract:As devices are reduced in size, interfaces start to dominate electrical transport, making it essential to be able to describe reliably how they transmit and reflect electrons. For a number of nearly perfectly lattice-matched materials, we calculate from first principles the dependence of the interface transparency on the crystal orientation. Quite remarkably, the largest anisotropy is predicted for interfaces between the prototype free-electron materials silver and aluminum, for which a massive factor of 2 difference between (111) and (001) interfaces is found.
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Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.96.176602
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