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|Title:||Atomic force microscopy imaging of ZnO nanodots deposited on quartz by sparking off different tip shapes|
|Keywords:||Chemistry;Materials Science;Physics and Astronomy|
|Abstract:||We have demonstrated a simple method for depositing ZnO nanodots on quartz substrates by sparking off different tip shapes at voltages of 2, 4 and 6 kV in air at atmospheric pressure. A comparison was made among the three tip shapes: the sharp tip, the conical tip and the dull tip. The surface morphology was then observed by atomic force microscopy. The mean height of the randomly distributed dots of approximately 8 nm was successfully deposited from the sharp tip at 6 kV. Characterizations by UV-vis spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy have confirmed the presence of ZnO and the quality improvement by annealing treatments. Moreover, a nucleation mechanism of the nanodot formation is discussed. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.|
|Appears in Collections:||CMUL: Journal Articles|
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