Tungsten nanowires and their field electron emission properties

Yun Hi Lee, Chang Hoon Choi, Yoon Taek Jang, Eun Kyu Kim, Byeong Kwon Ju, Nam Ki Min, Jin Ho Ahn

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We report the fabrication of tungsten nanowires, by simple thermal treatment of W films, that behave as self-catalytic layers and their excellent electron field emission properties as well. The obtained nanowires have a diameter ranging from 10 to 50 nm, showing perfect straightness and neat appearance. Typical turn-on field for the electron emission is about 5 V/μm, and the field enhancement factor β becomes 38256, which is very close to that of the high efficient single-wall carbon nanotube emitters. The most exciting result is the possibility of easy fabrication of perfectly straight nanowires as promising building blocks for terabit-level interconnection and nanomachine components without the intentional use of any heterogeneous catalysts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)745-747
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Jul 22

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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