Diameter-dependent electron mobility of lnas nanowires

Alexandra C. Ford, Ho Johnny C., Yu Lun Chueh, Yu Chih Tseng, Zhiyong Fan, Jing Guo, Jeffrey Bokor, Ali Javey

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Temperature-dependent /-Vand C-V spectroscopy of single lnAs nanowire field-effecttransistors were utilized to directiy shed light on the intrinsic electron transport properties as a function of nanowire radius. From C-V characterizations, the densίties of thermally activated fixed charges and trap states on the surface of untreated (i.e., without any surface functionalization) nanowires are investigated while enabling the accurate measurement of the gate oxide capacitance, therefore leading to the direct assessment of the field-effect mobility for electrons. The field-effect mobility is found to monotonically decrease as the radius is reduced to <10 nm, with the low temperature transport data clearly highlighting the drastic impact of the surface roughness scattering on the mobility degradation for miniaturized nanowires. More generally, the approach presented here may serve as a versatile and powerful platform for in-depth characterization of nanoscale, electronic materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)360-365
Number of pages6
JournalNano Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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