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Coulomb staircase in fused semiconducting InP nanowires under light illumination
Author(s): Hidenori Yamada; Toshishige Yamada; Andrew J. Lohn; Nobuhiko P. Kobayashi
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Paper Abstract

Detailed electron transport analysis is performed for an ensemble of conical indium phosphide nanowires bridging two hydrogenated n+-silicon electrodes. The current-voltage (Id-Vd) characteristics exhibit a Coulomb staircase in dark with a period of ~ 1 V at room temperature. The staircase is found to disappear under light illumination. This observation can be explained by assuming the presence of a tiny Coulomb island, and its existence is possible due to the large surface depletion region created within contributing nanowires. Electrons tunnel in and out of the Coulomb island, resulting in the Coulomb staircase Id-Vd. Applying light illumination raises the electron quasi-Fermi level and the tunneling barriers are buried, causing the Coulomb staircase to disappear.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 August 2010
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7768, Nanoepitaxy: Homo- and Heterogeneous Synthesis, Characterization, and Device Integration of Nanomaterials II, 77680B (27 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.860903
Show Author Affiliations
Hidenori Yamada, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Toshishige Yamada, Santa Clara Univ. (United States)
Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Andrew J. Lohn, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
NECTAR, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz and NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Nobuhiko P. Kobayashi, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
NECTAR, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz and NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7768:
Nanoepitaxy: Homo- and Heterogeneous Synthesis, Characterization, and Device Integration of Nanomaterials II
M. Saif Islam; Nobuhiko P. Kobayashi; A. Alec Talin, Editor(s)

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