Formation and characterization of carbon nanowires

Amit Kumar, D. K. Avasthi, A. Tripathi, L. D. Filip, J. D. Carey, J. C. Pivin
2007 Journal of Applied Physics  
This article reports on the formation and electronic characteristics of conducting carbon nanowires produced by swift heavy ion irradiation of a fullerene thin film. This study shows that it is possible to create arrays of carbon nanowires, which are perfectly parallel to each other and perpendicular to the substrate. As-deposited fullerene films exhibit poor field emission characteristics with breakdown fields as high as 51 V / m, whereas low dose ion irradiated fullerene film produces a
more » ... lm produces a threshold field as low as 9 V / m. The present approach of making conducting carbon nanowires by ion irradiation for potential field emitters and large area applications is also discussed.
doi:10.1063/1.2767227 fatcat:uzprcjhkzfdexjmyiss5m6jn64