Fullerene and nanoparticle formation in carbon cathodic arc deposition

M. Chhowalla, A. I. Munindradasa, G. A.J. Amaratunga

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

6 Citations (Scopus)


We report on a method for detecting C60 and other C2n molecules in the vapor phase during their initial growth stage. The technique, which utilizes a Langmuir probe, was originally proposed by Fukuzawa et al. [T. Fukuzawa, M. Shiratani, and Y. Watanabe, Appl. Phys. Lett. 64, 3098 (1994)] for the detection of dust particles in silane plasmas. By measuring the positive and negative saturation currents in the afterglow plasma, the mass ratio of negative and positive ions can be determined. We found that a M- /M+ = 56±10 occurs only for discharge times greater than 0.5 s. As most of the positively charged species are expected to be singly charged carbon, a mass ratio of 56 is close enough to be attributed to the C60 molecule, in agreement with mass spectroscopy results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3233-3235
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - Jun 16 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Fullerene and nanoparticle formation in carbon cathodic arc deposition'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this