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Thermopower measurement of freestanding nanowires using a MEMS workbench
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Paper Abstract

Nanowires of a diameter less than 50nm have been predicted to exhibit a higher thermoelectric figure of merit in comparison to their bulk equivalent. In order to experimentally measure the thermoelectric power in nanowires it is necessary to design and fabricate a measurement platform that is ideally matched in thermal and physical size and capable of testing a large number of individual nanowires in a high throughput manner. In this paper we present the design, fabrication, and characterization of a MEMS thermoelectric workbench with a high density of testing locations. Characteristic measurements of the thermoelectric power of Au nanowires are presented as demonstration of the workbench functionality.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 February 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6885, MEMS/MOEMS Components and Their Applications V. Special Focus Topics: Transducers at the Micro-Nano Interface, 68850G (20 February 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.775801
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Nicolas B. Duarte, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Srinivas A. Tadigadapa, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6885:
MEMS/MOEMS Components and Their Applications V. Special Focus Topics: Transducers at the Micro-Nano Interface
Srinivas A. Tadigadapa; Babak A. Parviz; Albert K. Henning, Editor(s)

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