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Published June 12, 2006 | Published
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Three-way electrical gating characteristics of metallic Y-junction carbon nanotubes


Y-junction based carbon nanotube (CNT) transistors exhibit interesting switching behaviors, and have the structural advantage that the electrical gate for current modulation can be formed by any of the three constituent branches. In this letter, we report on the gating characteristics of metallic Y-CNT morphologies. By measuring the output conductance and transconductance we conclude that the efficiency and gain depend on the branch diameter and is electric field controlled. Based on these principles, we propose a design for a Y-junction based CNT switching device, with tunable electrical properties.

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©2006 American Institute of Physics. (Received 3 February 2006; accepted 18 May 2006; published online 15 June 2006) The authors gratefully acknowledge support from the National Science Foundation (Grant No. ECS-05-08514) and the Office of Naval Research (Award No. N00014-06-1-0234). The authors also appreciate the use of facilities at the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley.

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