Aloetic-Shaped SiC Nanowires: Synthesis and Field Electron Emission Properties
Abstract:Novel ordered aloetic-shaped SiC nanowires were synthesized on a Si (100) substrate by reacting methane with silicon dioxide using iron as a catalyst. Their structure and chemical composition were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The wires have a tapered aloetic structure with a top diameter about 50–80 nm and a length about 10 m. The field emission properties of the aloetic nanowires were investigated. A stable emission with current density of 0.525 mA/cm2 at an applied electric field of 2.2 V/m and a low turn-on electric fields of 1.4 V/m were observed. The excellent field emission properties indicate that the aloetic-shaped SiC nanowires may have potential applications in flat panel displays and electron field-emitting devices.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: March 1, 2010
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