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Electroless silver deposition (for 1–100s) has been simultaneously performed on (100) and (111) planes of macro and micro patterned silicon, fabricated using optical lithography and anisotropic etching with alkaline solution. Metal clusters formation occurs preferentially on the upper edge region separating the two main planes. Their density and mean size are higher on the (100) plane. Similar experiments performed on same patterned samples but with the surface amorphized by ion implantation elucidated the role played by the preferential mass transport caused by the pattern geometry. For the micro-sized pyramidal holes, the non uniform surface distribution of metal clusters is enhanced. The metal deposition occurs mainly on the (100) top strips surrounding the pyramids. The subsequent preferential oxidation of silicon under the metallic clusters gives rise to nanowires of (100) and (111) orientation in the …
IOP Publishing
Publication date: 
2 Aug 2013

RG Milazzo, G D'Arrigo, C Spinella, MG Grimaldi, E Rimini

Biblio References: 
Volume: 2 Issue: 9 Pages: P405
ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology