Measurement and Analysis of Thermopower and Electrical Conductivity of an Indium Antimonide Nanowire from a Vapor-Liquid-Solid Method

Citation:

J. H. Seol, Moore, A. L., Saha, S. K., Zhou, F., Shi, L., Ye, Q., Scheffler, R., Mingo, N., and Yamada, T., “Measurement and Analysis of Thermopower and Electrical Conductivity of an Indium Antimonide Nanowire from a Vapor-Liquid-Solid Method,” J. Appl. Phys., vol. 101, pp. 023706, 2007.

Abstract:

It has been suggested by theoretical calculation that indium antimonide (InSb)nanowires can possess improved thermoelectric properties compared to the corresponding bulk crystal. Here we fabricated a device using electron beam lithography to measure the thermopower and electrical conductivity of an individual InSbnanowire grown using a vapor-liquid-solid method. The comparison between the measurement results and transport simulations reveals that the nanowire was unintentionally degenerately doped with donors. Better control of the impurity doping concentration can improve the thermoelectric properties.

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