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Volume 12 (1986), Issue 2, Pages 103-109

Electrical Conductivity of Thin Wires

Institute of Physics, Technical University of Wroclaw Wybrzeze Wyspianskiege 27, Wroclaw 50-370, Poland

Received 13 December 1982; Accepted 14 November 1984

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An expression for the electrical conductivity of thin metal wires of a circular cross-section has been derived taking account of conduction-electron scattering at grain boundaries and the wire surface. An angular-dependent specularity parameter has been introduced and possible fluctuations of the wire diameter along its length have been taken into account. Boltzmann transport equations have been solved for the boundary conditions proposed by Dingle.