Effect of ambient on electrical transport properties of ultra-thin Au nanowires

Kazi Rafsanjani Amin, Subhajit Kundu, Sangram Biswas, Ahin Roy, Abhishek Kumar Singh, N. Ravishankar, Aveek Bid

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Abstract

In this letter we present systematic studies of the dynamics of surface adsorption of various chemicals on ultra-thin single crystalline gold nanowires (AuNW) through sensitive resistance fluctuation spectroscopy measurements coupled with ab initio simulations. We show that, contrary to expectations, the adsorption of common chemicals like methanol and acetone has a profound impact on the electrical transport properties of the AuNW. Our measurements and subsequent calculations establish conclusively that in AuNW, semiconductor-like sensitivity to the ambient arises because of changes induced in its local density of states by the surface adsorbed molecules. The extreme sensitivity of the resistance fluctuations of the AuNW to ambient suggests their possible use as solid-state sensors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number253108
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume109
Issue number25
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 19 2016

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Amin, K. R., Kundu, S., Biswas, S., Roy, A., Singh, A. K., Ravishankar, N., & Bid, A. (2016). Effect of ambient on electrical transport properties of ultra-thin Au nanowires. Applied Physics Letters, 109(25), [253108]. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4972843