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Knut Deppert

Knut Deppert


Knut Deppert

A cathodoluminescence study of the influence of the seed particle preparation method on the optical properties of GaAs nanowires.


  • Anders Gustafsson
  • Karla Hillerich
  • Maria Messing
  • Kristian Storm
  • Kimberly Dick Thelander
  • Knut Deppert
  • Jessica Bolinsson

Summary, in English

Cathodoluminescence at 8 K is used to compare the optical properties of AlGaAs-capped GaAs nanowires, grown by metal-organic vapour phase epitaxy and seeded by gold particles prepared by different methods. Six different methods were used to fabricate and deposit gold seed particles onto GaAs substrates: colloid particles, aerosol particles and particles defined by electron beam lithography. The nanowires were grown with and without an in situ annealing step prior to the nanowire growth. The morphology showed no significant differences between the nanowires. The emissions from ensembles of nanowires have the same peak position, irrespective of seed particle type. Without the in situ annealing step prior to the nanowire growth, there are significant differences in the emission intensity and emission patterns from nanowires grown from different seed particles. When an in situ annealing step is included, all the resulting nanowires show identical optical emission intensity and emission patterns. This shows the importance of using an in situ annealing step prior to growth. This study demonstrates that different preparation methods for gold seed particles can be used to produce GaAs nanowires with highly similar optical properties. The choice of particle preparation method to be used can therefore be based on availability and cost.


  • Solid State Physics
  • NanoLund

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Journal article


IOP Publishing


  • Nano Technology




  • ISSN: 0957-4484