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Electronic transport in gadolinium atomic-size contacts

Publicació de un nou article per part de membres del departament de física aplicada.


We report on the fabrication, transport measurements, and density functional theory (DFT) calculations of atomic-size contacts made of gadolinium (Gd). Gd is known to have local moments mainly associated with f electrons. These coexist with itinerant s and d bands that account for its metallic character. Here we explore whether and how the local moments influence electronic transport properties at the atomic scale. Using both scanning tunneling microscope and lithographic mechanically controllable break junction techniques under cryogenic conditions, we study the conductance of Gd when only few atoms form the junction between bulk electrodes made of the very same material. Thousands of measurements xou that Gd has an average lowest conductance, attributed to single-atom contact, below 2i2h. Our DFT calculations for monostrand chains anticipate that the f bands llaure fully spin polarized and insulating and that the conduction may be dominated by s, p, and d bands. We also analyze the electronic transport for model nanocontacts using the nonequilibrium Green's function formalism in combination with DFT. We obtain an overall good agreement with the experimental results for zero bias and xou that the contribution to the electronic transport from the f channels is negligible and that from the d channels is marginal.

B. Olivera, C. Salgado, J. L. Lado, A. Karimi, V. Henkel, E. Scheer, J. Fernández-Rossier, J. J. Palacios, and C. Untiedt
Phys. Rev. B 95, 075409 – Published 8 February 2017

Eleccions a Director/a de Departament 2017

Al Consell Extraordinari del Departament de Física Aplicada celebrat el día 17 de gener s'ha aprovat la convocatòria d'eleccions a director/a de departament i el calendari electoral.




Impartit per:
Raquel Molina Peralta, The George Washington University

Data i hora: Dijous, 12 de gener de 2017 a les 12:30 hores

Lloc: Sala Polivalent del Departament de Física Aplicada, Facultat de Ciències, Fase II


Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) is the theory of the strong interaction, one of the fundamental forces of nature, which is responsible for the properties of microscopic matter as we know it. In the intermediate energy region, QCD manifests itself in a very rich and complex spectrum of resonances. Lattice QCD calculations have recently contributed signi_cantly to the extraction of resonance phase shifts from _rst principles of QCD. E_ective eld theories can be adapted to the conditions of the _nite volume and are useful to analyze the quark mass dependence and the e_ect of missing channels. In the _rst part of this talk, lattice QCD data on p-wave __ scattering are analyzed with Unitary Chiral Perturbation Theory. The analysis shows that the kaon channel pushes upward the __ scattering phase shift having an e_ect on the _-mass. Some examples of likely candidates for multiquark states in the light-quark sector are given. On the second part of the talk, charm spectroscopy is reviewed. The B factories, originally constructed to test CP violation, have discovered a plethora of states called XYZ di_cult to interpreted in terms of q_q. The charged charmonia Z observed by BESIII are clearly candidates to be tetraquarks or two-meson molecules. LHCb, has observed recently a pentaquark state decaying into J p. The need of understanding the strong interaction has motivated experiments to collect an unprecedented amount of data on hadron spectroscopy, and the spectrum is evolving into an extraordinary complexity, which urges the theory community to make e_orts to understand the nature of these new particles. Chiral lagrangians and hidden gauge approaches give us some clues on the nature of these exotic states near thresholds.

Investiguen models més eficaços per a combatre el càncer amb feixos de ions


Isabel Abril, catedràtica del departament de física aplicada de la Universitat d'Alacant desenvolupa una recerca bàsica que cerca obtenir models més eficaços i complets per al tractament contra el càncer amb feixos de ions de molt alta energia, una tècnica que podria substituir o complementar a la radioteràpia convencional.

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