PerspectiveMaterials Science

Weird Gold Nanowires

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Science  28 Jul 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5479, pp. 561-563
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5479.561

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When the dimensions of matter are reduced to the nanometer scale and beyond, strange properties often emerge. In their Perspective, Tosatti and Prestipino discuss the weird gold nanowire structures reported by Kondo and Takayanagi. They explain why the wires may be helical and only form certain "magic" sizes. Other metals may form similarly strange structures with unusual properties.