nanotube networks, SWCNT, carbon nanotubes
Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) were prepared using iron catalysts deposited by indirect evaporation on silicon substrate covered with 500 nm-thick thermal oxide. Diode SWCNT devices have been fabricated using Au and Al, as the asymmetric metal contacts, and a random network of metallic and semiconducting nanotubes as the device channel. No effort was made to align the SWCNTs or to eliminate metallic nanotubes in our devices. Asymmetric voltage-current behavior was seen. Current rectification was observed in the source-drain bias range of -3 V to +3 V. Rectification was somewhat surprising since, although metallic tubes are in the minority (~ 1/3), they could potentially act as shunts and mask the electric properties of the semiconducting majority. No correlation between electrode spacing and current rectification was observed. The lowest leakage current measured was 1% of the maximum current carrying capacity. Maximum forward-biased current capacities range between 8 microA and 841 microA.
Original Publication Citation
Bryan Hicks, Stephanie Getty, and David Allred, "Diode Properties of Nanotube Networks," Thin Solid Films, 518, 514-517 (21).
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Allred, David D.; Hicks, Bryan; and Getty, Stephanie, "Diode Properties of Nanotube Networks" (2010). All Faculty Publications. 832.
Physical and Mathematical Sciences
Physics and Astronomy
© 2010 Elsevier. This is a preprint of the article. The original publication's doi is:10.1016/j.tsf.2009.10.155.
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