Li, SP and Chu, DP and Koltsov, DK and Fu, YT and Welland, ME (2008) Spontaneous formation of highly ordered nanostructures: thermal instability and mode selection in surface-capped polymer films. Nanotechnology, 19. 235302-. ISSN 0957-4484Full text not available from this repository.
We demonstrate a controllable formation process of wave-like patterns in thermally unstable surface-capped polymer films on a rigid substrate. Self-ordered wave-like structures over a large area can be created by applying a small lateral tension to the film, whereupon it becomes unstable. A clear mode selection process which includes creation, decay and interference between coexisting waves at different annealing conditions has been observed, which makes it possible to restrain the patterns which are formed finally. Our results provide a clear and new evidence of spinodal behaviour in such a film due to thermal instability. Furthermore, we show that the well-controlled patterns generated in such a process can be used to fabricate nanostructures for various applications.
|Divisions:||Div B > Photonics|
|Depositing User:||Cron Job|
|Date Deposited:||31 Oct 2011 08:19|
|Last Modified:||09 Sep 2013 01:18|
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