FABRICATION AND CONTACTING INDIVIDUAL GOLD NANOWIRES

S. Karim, W. Ensinger

Abstract


Gold nanowires with diameters ranging from 80 to 320 nm are electrochemically fabricated in etched single-pore
membranes. By means of two macroscopic planar electrodes on either side of the membrane, single nanowires are
successfully contacted. The fabrication and contacting method is presented and the measured resistance-versusdiameter
behavior of the nanowires is discussed, considering electron scattering both at the wire surface and at the
grain boundaries.


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