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AFM and STM manipulation of individual nanostructures

AFM and STM manipulation of individual nanostructures

Leader: Elizabeth Boer-Duchemin

Participants: Gérald Dujardin, Eric Le Moal, Andrew Mayne

Students: Shuiyan Cao

Past Contributors: Geneviève Comtet, Edern Tranvouez & Tao Wang

STM and conducting AFM are used in different operating modes under different conditions to exploit local nanometer-scale current or force variations on diamond surfaces. These local probe techniques are also used to manipulate single nano-objects or to fabricate nanostructures.

Techniques: AFM - STM - Chemical synthesis of semiconductor nanocrystals - Hydrogenation of surfaces - Pulsed Valve Deposition

Highlights

Low voltage fabrication of sub-nanometer insulating layers on hydrogenated diamond. A new regime of electrochemical anodic oxidation induced by an atomic force microscope (AFM) is demonstrated. With this approach, insulating nanostructures on a hydrogenated diamond surface can be produced.

Article: T. Wang, E. Boer-Duchemin, E. Tranvouez, R. Cartwright, G. Comtet, G. Dujardin, A.J. Mayne, J. Appl. Phys. 110, 034311 (2011)