Growth modes of ZnO nanostructures from laser ablation

Amarilio-Burshtein, I.; Tamir, S.; Lifshitz, Y.
March 2010
Applied Physics Letters;3/8/2010, Vol. 96 Issue 10, p103104
Academic Journal
ZnO nanowires (NWs) and other nanostructures were grown by laser ablation of a ZnO containing target onto different substrates with and without the presence of an Au catalyst. The morphology and structure of the NWs were studied using high resolution scanning and transmission electron microscopes [including imaging, selected area electron diffraction (SAED), and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS)]. The different growth modes obtainable could be tuned by varying the Zn concentration in the vapor phase keeping other growth parameters intact. Possible growth mechanisms of these nanowires are suggested and discussed.


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