Thermodynamically stable nanotips of Au-Mo alloy

K. Nomura*, T. Nagao, B. L. Cho, H. Katsuda, T. Matsumura, C. Oshima

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The authors propose a simple new method for fabricating stable nanotips using sharpened Au-Mo alloy tips. By annealing at 1000-1200 K in UHV, Au atoms segregate to the alloy surface to form a Au film of one physical monolayer thickness, resulting in formation of nanopyramids on the (111) surface. Although field ion microscopy images of the nanotips show no single-atom termination similar to the previous cases of Au-deposited W nanotips, energy spectra of the emitted electrons strongly suggest the realization of a single-atom termination just after annealing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2432-2434
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Vacuum Science and Technology B: Microelectronics and Nanometer Structures
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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