How many gold atoms make gold metal?
Häkkinen, H., & Malola, S. (2015). How many gold atoms make gold metal?. Europhysics News, 46 (4), 23-26. doi:10.1051/epn/2015402 Retrieved from http://www.europhysicsnews.org/articles/epn/pdf/2015/04/epn2015464p23....
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It is well known that a piece of gold is an excellent metal: it conducts heat and electricity, it is malleable to work out for jewellery or thin coatings, and it has the characteristic golden colour. How do these everyday properties – familiar from our macroscopic world – change when a nanometre-size chunk of gold contains only 100, 200 or 300 atoms?
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