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Published June 12, 2009 | public
Journal Article

Sharp Carbon-Nanotube Tips and Carbon-Nanotube Soldering Irons


The nano-electron beam assisted fabrication of atomically sharp iron-based tips (see figure) and the creation of a nano-soldering iron for nano-interconnects using Fe-filled multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) is reported. The technique allows carving of a MWCNT and a control of the flow of the encapsulated metal outward by regulating the e-beam exposure time and spot size.

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© 2008 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. Issue online: 8 June 2009; Version of record online: 14 November 2008; Manuscript Received: 5 July 2008; First published: 14 November 2008. This work benefited from use of the Caltech KNI and Material Science TEM facilities supported by the MRS Program of the National Science Foundation under Award Number DMR-0520565. The authors thank Prof. Florian Banhart for helpful discussions.

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