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Liquid-like behaviour of gold nanowire bridges

Naik, Jay P.; Cheneler, David; Bowen, James and Prewett, Philip D. (2017). Liquid-like behaviour of gold nanowire bridges. Applied Physics Letters, 111(7)

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A combination of Focused Ion Beam (FIB) and Reactive Ion Etch (RIE) was used to fabricate free standing gold nanowire bridges with radii of 30 nm and below. These were subjected to point loading to failure at their mid-points using an Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), providing strength and deformation data. The results demonstrate a dimensionally dependent transition from conventional solid metallic properties to liquid-like behaviour including the unexpected reformation of a fractured bridge. The work reveals mechanical and materials properties of nanowires which could have significant impact on nanofabrication processes and nanotechnology devices such as Nano Electro Mechanical Systems (NEMS).

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 1077-3118
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Smart Materials
Item ID: 50474
Depositing User: James Bowen
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2017 10:41
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 18:55
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