Accession Number:

ADP011010

Title:

Structure and Electrical Properties of an Assembly of Au Nanoclusters

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LAB TN

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2001-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

6.0

Abstract:

Conduction through an assembly of nanosized clusters coupled by tunneling barriers is of significant interest both for understanding the fundamental physics involved and for potential applications. In this study, we describe a technique for preparing relatively large dimensions of a few 100 microns to a few mm in size monolayer films consisting of 3 nm diameter Au clusters coated with mercaptododecanoic acid, using low molecular weight-polymers as coupling agents. Electrical measurements of the assembly show non-linear characteristics. Below a certain threshold voltage, the current does not vary with an increase in voltage. Above this threshold voltage, current increases with voltage and can be described by a power-law relationship with an exponent close to unity. These characteristics of the I-V curve are discussed with specific reference to theoretical studies on conduction through an array of capacitance-coupled metallic islands and previous experimental results in similar systems.

Subject Categories:

  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Solid State Physics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE