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Applied Physics Letters
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The importance of geometry, field, and temperature in tunneling and rectification behavior of point contact junctions of identical metals

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Abstract

This letter presents new results on the tunneling and rectification characteristics of metal-whisker point-contact diodes. The model adopted here includes two new important effects, namely, the actual geometrical asymmetry of the electrodes and a temperature differential between tip and base. Calculations, for a point-contact junction of identical metals, confirm the feasibility of a rectification mechanism based solely on the geometrical asymmetry of the tip and base.

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07 Aug 2008

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Applied Physics Letters

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