Transport comparison of multiwall carbon nanotubes by contacting outer shell and all shells.


Carbon nanotubes, particularly multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) can serve as interconnects in nanoelectronic devices and integrated circuits because of their extremely large current-carrying capacity. Many experimental results about the transport properties of individual MWCNTs by contacting outer shell or all shells have been reported. In this work, a compatible method with integrated circuit manufacturing process was presented to compare the transport property of an individual multiwall carbon nanotube (MWCNT) by contacting outer shell only and all shells successively. First of the Ti/Au electrodes contacting outer shell only were fabricated onto the nanotube through the sequence of electron beam lithography (EBL) patterning, metal deposition and lift-off process. After the characterization of its transport property, focused ion beam (FIB) was used to drill holes through the same nanotube at the as-deposited electrodes. Then new contact to the holes and electrodes were made by ion-induced deposition of tungsten from W(CO)6 precursor gas. The transport results indicated that the new contact to all shells can clear up the intershell resistance and the electrical conductance of the tube can be improved about 8 times compared to that of by contacting outer shell only.

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@article{Luo2010TransportCO, title={Transport comparison of multiwall carbon nanotubes by contacting outer shell and all shells.}, author={Qiang Luo and A-Juan Cui and Yi-guang Zhang and Chao Lu and Ai-Zi Jin and Hai-Fang Yang and Chang-zhi Gu}, journal={Journal of nanoscience and nanotechnology}, year={2010}, volume={10 11}, pages={7477-80} }