Aerotaxy - A Gas-Phase Nanowire Growth Technique

Research output: ThesisLicentiate Thesis


In this thesis an efficient nanowire fabrication technique, called Aerotaxy,
is investigated. Traditional nanowire fabrication techniques include
the use of a substrate as a point of nanowire nucleation which
limits the amount of nanowires that can be produced per unit time.
In contrary, Aerotaxy offers a continuous growth process, in the gasphase,
which could substantially increase the rate at which nanowires
are fabricated and thus lower their fabrication cost.
Investigations of nanowire properties such as size, shape and crystal
structure, with electron microscopy, show that growth can be controlled
and tuned to a high degree. Optical properties investigated
with photoluminescence reveal that as-grown nanowires have good optical
properties and excellent spectral uniformity. Aerotaxy can thus
be used to produce high-quality nanowires, that could be integrated
into future opto-electronic devices, at a lower cost than other growth
techniques offer.


  • Magnus Heurlin
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  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Nano Technology
Original languageEnglish
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Publication statusPublished - 2014
Publication categoryResearch

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Heurlin, M., Martin Magnusson, Lindgren, D., Martin Ek, Reine Wallenberg, Knut Deppert & Lars Samuelson, 2012, In : Nature. 492, 7427, p. 90-94

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