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Titre du document / Document title

Variable-force microscopy for advanced characterization of horizontally aligned carbon nanotubes

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

ALMAQWASHI Ali A. ; KEVEK Joshua W. ; BURTON Rachel M. ; DEBORDE Tristan ; MINOT Ethan D. ;

Résumé / Abstract

Atomic force microscopy (AFM) performed with variable-force imaging was recently demonstrated to be an accurate method of determining the diameter and number of sidewalls of a carbon nanotube (CNT). This AFM technique provides an alternative to transmission electron microscopy (TEM) when TEM imaging is not possible due to substrate thickness. We have used variable-force AFM to characterize horizontally aligned CNTs grown on ST-cut quartz. Our measurements reveal new aspects of horizontally aligned growth that are essential for enhancing the performance of CNT-based devices as well as understanding the growth mechanism. First, previously reported optimal growth conditions produce a large spread in CNT diameters and a significant fraction of double-walled CNTs. Second, monodispersity is significantly improved when growth temperature is reduced. Third, CNTs with diameters up to 5 nm align to the substrate, suggesting the interaction between CNTs and the quartz lattice is more robust than previously reported.

Revue / Journal Title

Nanotechnology    ISSN  0957-4484 

Source / Source

2011, vol. 22, no27, [Note(s): 275717.1-275717.5]

Langue / Language


Editeur / Publisher

Institute of Physics, Bristol, ROYAUME-UNI  (1990) (Revue)

Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 22480, 35400018993346.0550

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