Gamalski, AD and Tersoff, J and Sharma, R and Ducati, C and Hofmann, S (2010) Formation of metastable liquid catalyst during subeutectic growth of germanium nanowires. Nano Lett, 10. pp. 2972-2976.Full text not available from this repository.
Lattice-resolved, video-rate environmental transmission electron microscopy shows the formation of a liquid Au-Ge layer on sub-30-nm Au catalyst crystals and the transition of this two-phase Au-Ge/Au coexistence to a completely liquid Au-Ge droplet during isothermal digermane exposure at temperatures far below the bulk Au-Ge eutectic temperature. Upon Ge crystal nucleation and subsequent Ge nanowire growth, the catalyst either recrystallizes or remains liquid, apparently stabilized by the Ge supersaturation. We argue that there is a large energy barrier to nucleate diamond-cubic Ge, but not to nucleate the Au-Ge liquid. As a result, the system follows the more kinetically accessible path, forming a liquid even at 240 degrees C, although there is no liquid along the most thermodynamically favorable path below 360 degrees C.
|Divisions:||Div B > Solid State Electronics and Nanoscale Science|
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|Date Deposited:||18 May 2016 17:48|
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