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Controlled growth of arrays of straight and branched carbon nanotubes
Author(s): Rory W. Leahy; Emer Lahiff; Andrew I. Minett; Werner J. Blau
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Paper Abstract

Arrays of interconnect-type carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been grown over etched silicon substrates. These tubes are grown over trenches ranging from 200-1000 nm in width. Through control of initial parameters such as trench size, catalyst concentration and the initial parameters for the chemical vapour deposition (CVD) of the tubes (gas flow rates, gas flow times and reaction temperature) dense arrays of CNTs spanning the trenches have been formed, with densities in the region of 1.6 interconnects per micron of trench length. High proportions of branch-structure CNTs have been noted within these arrays. The cleaved sections of silicon substrate are simply treated by drop-casting and drying catalyst-containing solution prior to CVD treatment. The density of the resultant arrays can be controlled through the density of the catalyst solution.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 June 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5824, Opto-Ireland 2005: Nanotechnology and Nanophotonics, (2 June 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.606852
Show Author Affiliations
Rory W. Leahy, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)
Emer Lahiff, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)
Andrew I. Minett, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)
Werner J. Blau, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5824:
Opto-Ireland 2005: Nanotechnology and Nanophotonics
David Kennedy; Werner J. Blau; John Colreavy, Editor(s)

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