ERC group NANOCONTACTS
We investigate the structural and electronic properties of metallic nanocontacts. The electronic properties of nanocontacts are often explained by making assumptions about their atomistic structure. Our goal is to study the structure using scanning probe microscopy. The nanocontacts are made by controlled electromigration. This will allow us to better understand and tailor the properties of the leads and contacts to small electronic building blocks such as CMOS transistors and molecular electronics functional units.