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Ion-beam-directed self-organization of conducting nanowire arrays

Lookup NU author(s): Matthias Batzill, Dr Francois Bardou, Professor Ken Snowdon


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Glancing-incidence ion-beam irradiation has been used both to ease kinetic constraints which otherwise restrict the establishment of long-range order and to impose external control on the orientation of nanowire arrays formed during stress-field-induced self-ordering of calcium atoms on a CaF2(111) surface. The arrays exhibit exceptional long-range order, with the long axis of the wires oriented along the azimuthal direction of ion-beam incidence. Transport measurements reveal a highly anisotropic electrical conductivity, whose maximum lies in the direction of the long axis of the 10.1-nm-period calcium wires.

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Author(s): Batzill M, Bardou F, Snowdon KJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Physical Review B

Year: 2001

Volume: 63

Issue: 23

ISSN (print): 1098-0121

ISSN (electronic): 1550-235X

Publisher: American Physical Society


DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.63.233408

Notes: Article no. 233408 4 pages


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