Placing and Imaging Individual Carbon Nanotubes on Cu(111) Clean Surface Using In Situ Pulsed-Jet Deposition-STM Technique
Authors: Fukui, Nobuyuki; Taninaka, Atsushi; Sugai, Toshiki; Yoshida, Hiromichi; Heike, Seiji; Fujimori, Masaaki; Terada, Yasuhiko; Hashizume, Tomihiro; Shinohara, Hisanori
Source: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Volume 7, Number 12, December 2007 , pp. 4267-4271(5)
Publisher: American Scientific Publishers
Abstract:We report pulsed-jet deposition of single-wall and double-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs and DWNTs; CNTs) onto a clean Cu(111) surface and their scanning tunneling microscopy(STM) observations under ultra-high vacuum (UHV). The clean Cu(111) surface prepared by a repeated Ar-sputtering and annealing is introduced into a load-lock chamber kept at a 10−5-Pa range vacuum, and the CNTs dispersed in a chloroform solution byultrasonication are pulse-injected onto the surface. Since the substrate is annealed at 700 K to remove the residual solvent molecules, high resolution lattice images of the CNTs are successfullyobserved bySTM. High-resolution chirality-resolved images of the two SWNTs with a metal cluster are also observed, supporting the well accepted growth mechanism of the CNTs from the metal-catalyst cluster. The present pulsed-jet deposition in high-vacuum is superior to the conventional spin-coating or drop-coating techniques for preparing clean and well-defined CNTs on clean surfaces for high-resolution and contamination-free UHV-STM observation.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2007-12-01
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