Self-assembled nanoparticle spirals from two-dimensional compositional banding in thin films

Abstract

A self-assembly process is reported in which spiral patterns of gold nanoparticles form on silicon surfaces during the epitaxial crystallization of thin gold-silicon alloy layers. This behavior is observed only for gold concentrations above a critical value and is shown to result from two-dimensional compositional banding of a liquid alloy layer during the… (More)

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