Shot noise suppression at room temperature in atomic-scale Au junctions.


Shot noise encodes additional information not directly inferable from simple electronic transport measurements. Previous measurements in atomic-scale metal junctions at cryogenic temperatures have shown suppression of the shot noise at particular conductance values. This suppression demonstrates that transport in these structures proceeds via discrete quantum channels. Using a high-frequency technique, we simultaneously acquire noise data and conductance histograms in Au junctions at room temperature and ambient conditions. We observe noise suppression at up to three conductance quanta, with possible indications of current-induced local heating and 1/f noise in the contact region at high biases. These measurements demonstrate the quantum character of transport at room temperature at the atomic scale. This technique provides an additional tool for studying dissipation and correlations in nanodevices.

DOI: 10.1021/nl904052r

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@article{Wheeler2010ShotNS, title={Shot noise suppression at room temperature in atomic-scale Au junctions.}, author={Peter Wheeler and J N Russom and Kristie Evans and Nicholas S King and Douglas Natelson}, journal={Nano letters}, year={2010}, volume={10 4}, pages={1287-92} }