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Portrait of Heiner Linke; Photo: Kennet Ruona

Heiner Linke

Professor, Deputy dean at Faculty of Engineering, LTH

Portrait of Heiner Linke; Photo: Kennet Ruona

The fabrication of dense and uniform InAs nanowire arrays

Author

  • A. I. Persson
  • Linus Fröberg
  • Lars Samuelson
  • Heiner Linke

Summary, in English

Nanowires are important candidates for use in future electronics, photonics and thermoelectrics applications. We focus here in particular on nanowires for use in thermoelectric power generation and present a method of fabricating dense uniform InAs nanowire arrays amenable to future incorporation of advanced heterostructures that could further increase the thermoelectric performance of these nanowires. In these applications it will be important to have the nanowires densely packed in order to give an appreciable amount of power output. Here we present the fabrication of such dense arrays, using metal-particle seeded growth and chemical beam epitaxy, where the metal particles are defined by electron beam lithography, metal evaporation and lift-off. We evaluate the potential of chemical beam epitaxy for the growth of dense, freestanding InAs nanowire arrays and describe the process that enabled us to achieve areal packing densities of up to 19% with a variation of only a few per cent in nanowire diameter and height. We close by discussing how even higher areal packing densities can be achieved.

Department/s

  • Solid State Physics

Publishing year

2009

Language

English

Publication/Series

Nanotechnology

Volume

20

Issue

22

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

IOP Publishing

Topic

  • Nano Technology

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0957-4484