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Versatile Method for Manipulating and Contacting Nanowires

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We present a simple, non-lithographic method for electrically connecting nanowires with electrodes on planar as well as non-planar microsystems. A rigid nanowire is used as a local shadow mask during deposition of metal contacts, which we use to contact structures of widely different conductances: Multiwalled carbon nanotubes, para-hexaphenylene nanofibers, as well as indium arsenide and indium phosphide nanowires. Finally we demonstrate how the method can be extended to different electrode materials on each side of the electrode gap, as well as for investigation of the electromechanical properties of a nanowire integrated in a cantilever.
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Keywords: NANOFIBER; NANOMANIPULATION; NANOTUBE; NANOWIRE; SHADOW MASK

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2006-07-01

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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