Crystal structure transfer in core/shell nanowires

R.E. Algra, M. Hocevar, M.A. Verheijen, I. Zardo, W.G.G. Immink, W.J.P. Enckevort, van, G. Abstreiter, L.P. Kouwenhoven, E. Vlieg, E.P.A.M. Bakkers

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Structure engineering is an emerging tool to control opto-electronic properties of semiconductors. Recently, control of crystal structure and the formation of a twinning superlattice have been shown for III-V nanowires. This level of control has not been obtained for Si nanowires, the most relevant material for the semiconductor industry. Here, we present an approach, in which a designed twinning superlattice with the zinc blende crystal structure or the wurtzite crystal structure is transferred from a gallium phosphide core wire to an epitaxially grown silicon shell. These materials have a difference in lattice constants of only 0.4%, which allows for structure transfer without introducing extra defects. The twinning superlattices, periodicity, and shell thickness can be tuned with great precision. Arrays of free-standing Si nanotubes are obtained by a selective wet-chemical etch of the core wire.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1690-1694
JournalNano Letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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