Transient behavior at the nanoscale. Academic Article uri icon


  • Transient and steady state responses of a system to an input are well-known features of materials and systems in science and engineering. These responses depend on the intrinsic parameters of the system and on the nature of the input. We find that a system comprised of nanosized features no longer shows the typical stationary characteristics as their microscopic or solid-state counterparts. Interestingly, because of the chemistry of the nanostructure, thermal motion of the atoms, and external fields, the nanosized system shows extended electrical transient behavior, compatible with highly nonlinear features such a negative differential resistance and hysteresis.

published proceedings

  • J Chem Phys

author list (cited authors)

  • Ma, Y., & Seminario, J. M.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Ma, Yuefei||Seminario, Jorge M

publication date

  • May 2006