Nucleation stages of carbon nanotubes on SiC(0001) by surface decomposition

Kenjiro Hayashl, Seigi Mizuno, Satoru Tanaka, Hiroki Toyoda, Hiroshi Tochihara, Ikuo Suemune

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    11 Citations (Scopus)


    Nucleation stages of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on a SiC(0001) Si-face (4° off toward [112̄0]) by surface decomposition are investigated by means of in-situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). After a relatively short heating time at 1600°C, moiré patterns and small nuclei appear on the surface due to the evaporation of Si atoms and, as a result of this, surface graphitization. Modelling of the moiré pattern indicates the formation of a single graphene sheet on top of the SiC surface. Local swelling (∼1 nm in diameter) of such a graphene sheet, possibly resulting from the compressive stress at the graphene/ SiC interface, gives rise to a CNT nucleus. In the stages that follow, the nucleus is continuously and unidirectionally prolonged and rolled-up, which may result in a final form such as a CNT.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)L803-L805
    JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics
    Issue number24-27
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 24 2005

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • General Engineering
    • General Physics and Astronomy


    Dive into the research topics of 'Nucleation stages of carbon nanotubes on SiC(0001) by surface decomposition'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this