(524b) Synthesis of Silicon-Germanium Alloy Nanowires Using Vapor-Liquid-Solid Method
Alloy nanowires are important in nanoscale device development as well as to study the carrier confinement effects. SiGe alloy nanowires were successfully synthesized using a low temperature vapor-liquid-solid method. The synthesized SiGe alloy nanowires were characterized for their diameter distribution and nucleation density using high resolution electron microscope observations. The compositions and crystallinity of the silicon and germanium were calculated using the data obtained from Raman spectra and X-ray diffraction analyses. The dependence of the synthesis power, temperature and pressure on the SiGe nanowires composition, growth rate, diameter and crystallinity were studied.