Electron Transport in Granular Metals

Alexander Altland, Leonid I. Glazman, Alex Kamenev

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The thermodynamic and transport properties of a long granular array with strongly connected grains (intergrain conductance g≫1) were studied. It was found that the system's conductance and differential capacitance exhibits activated behavior ∼ exp{-T*/T}. The gap T *represents the energy needed to create a long single-electron charge soliton propagating through the array. It was shown that the inelastic tunneling and weak charge quantization lead to the insulating behavior at the temperature below T*∼Ece-g/4.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number026801
Pages (from-to)268011-268014
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 16 2004


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