Fabrication of atomic-scale gold junctions by electrochemical plating using a common medical liquid

Umeno, A.; Hirakawa, K.
April 2005
Applied Physics Letters;4/4/2005, Vol. 86 Issue 14, p143103
Academic Journal
Fabrication of nanometer-separated gold junctions has been performed using “iodine tincture,” a medical liquid known as a disinfectant, as an etching/deposition electrolyte. In the gold-dissolved iodine tincture, gold electrodes were grown or eroded slowly enough to form quantum point contacts in an atomic scale. The resistance evolution during the electrochemical deposition showed plateaus at integer multiples of the resistance quantum, (2e2/h)-1, at room temperature (e: the elementary charge, h: the Planck constant). Iodine tincture is a commercially available common material, which makes the fabrication process to be simple and cost effective. Moreover, in contrast to the conventional electrochemical approaches, this method is free from highly toxic cyanide compounds or extraordinarily strong acids.


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