Uniform patterned growth of carbon nanotubes without surface carbon

K. B K Teo, Manish Chhowalla, G. A J Amaratunga, W. I. Milne, D. G. Hasko, G. Pirio, P. Legagneux, F. Wyczisk, D. Pribat

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Abstract

In order to utilize the unique properties of carbon nanotubes in microelectronic devices, it is necessary to develop a technology which enables high yield, uniform, and preferential growth of perfectly aligned nanotubes. We demonstrate such a technology by using plasma-enhanced chemical-vapor deposition (PECVD) of carbon nanotubes. By patterning the nickel catalyst, we have deposited uniform arrays of nanotubes and single free-standing aligned nanotubes at precise locations. In the PECVD process, however, detrimental amorphous carbon (a-C) is also deposited over regions of the substrate surface where the catalyst is absent. Here, we show, using depth-resolved Auger electron spectroscopy, that by employing a suitable deposition (acetylene, C2H2) to etching (ammonia, NH3) gas ratio, it is possible to obtain nanotube growth without the presence of a-C on the substrate surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1534-1536
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume79
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 3 2001

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Teo, K. B. K., Chhowalla, M., Amaratunga, G. A. J., Milne, W. I., Hasko, D. G., Pirio, G., ... Pribat, D. (2001). Uniform patterned growth of carbon nanotubes without surface carbon. Applied Physics Letters, 79(10), 1534-1536. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.1400085

Uniform patterned growth of carbon nanotubes without surface carbon. / Teo, K. B K; Chhowalla, Manish; Amaratunga, G. A J; Milne, W. I.; Hasko, D. G.; Pirio, G.; Legagneux, P.; Wyczisk, F.; Pribat, D.

In: Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 79, No. 10, 03.09.2001, p. 1534-1536.

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Teo, KBK, Chhowalla, M, Amaratunga, GAJ, Milne, WI, Hasko, DG, Pirio, G, Legagneux, P, Wyczisk, F & Pribat, D 2001, 'Uniform patterned growth of carbon nanotubes without surface carbon', Applied Physics Letters, vol. 79, no. 10, pp. 1534-1536. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.1400085
Teo KBK, Chhowalla M, Amaratunga GAJ, Milne WI, Hasko DG, Pirio G et al. Uniform patterned growth of carbon nanotubes without surface carbon. Applied Physics Letters. 2001 Sep 3;79(10):1534-1536. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.1400085
Teo, K. B K ; Chhowalla, Manish ; Amaratunga, G. A J ; Milne, W. I. ; Hasko, D. G. ; Pirio, G. ; Legagneux, P. ; Wyczisk, F. ; Pribat, D. / Uniform patterned growth of carbon nanotubes without surface carbon. In: Applied Physics Letters. 2001 ; Vol. 79, No. 10. pp. 1534-1536.
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