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Artificial granularity in two-dimensional arrays of nanodots fabricated by focused-electron-beam-induced deposition


Strauss,  M.
Department of Structural Biology, Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Max Planck Society;

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Porrati, F., Sachser, R., Strauss, M., Andrusenko, I., Gorelik, T., Kolb, U., et al. (2010). Artificial granularity in two-dimensional arrays of nanodots fabricated by focused-electron-beam-induced deposition. Nanotechnology, 21(37): 375302. doi:10.1088/0957-4484/21/37/375302.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0024-D701-5
We have prepared 2D arrays of nanodots embedded in an insulating matrix by means of focused-electron-beam-induced deposition using the W(CO)(6) precursor. By varying the deposition parameters, i.e. the electron beam current and energy and the raster constant, we obtain an artificial granular material with tunable electrical properties. The analysis of the temperature dependence of the conductivity and of the current-voltage characteristic suggests that the transport mechanism is governed by electron tunneling between artificial grains. In order to understand the nature of the granularity and thus the microstructural origin of the electronic transport behavior, we perform TEM and micro-Raman investigations. Independent of the deposition parameters, TEM measurements show that the dots are constituted of amorphous tungsten carbide clusters embedded in an amorphous carbonaceous matrix. Micro-Raman spectra show two peaks, around 690 and 860 cm(-1) associated with the W-C stretching modes. Higher frequency peaks give information on the composition of the matrix. In particular, we measure a peak at about 1290 cm(-1), which is associated with sp(3) carbon bonds. Furthermore we detect the so-called D and G peaks, at about 1350 and 1560 cm(-1), associated with the vibration modes of the sp(2) carbon bonds. The analysis of the position of the peaks and of their relative intensity suggests that the composition of the matrix is between nanocrystalline graphite and amorphous carbon.