Temperature-induced assembly of semiconductor nanocrystals into fractal architectures and thermoelectric power properties in Au/Ge bilayer films

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Author(s)

  • Quanbao Li
  • Jian Wang
  • Zheng Jiao
  • Minghong Wu
  • Zhiwen Chen

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)640-646
Journal / PublicationChaos, Solitons and Fractals
Volume44
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

Abstract

Fractal architectures of semiconductor nanocrystals were successfully achieved by temperature-induced assembly of semiconductor nanocrystals in gold/germanium (Au/Ge) bilayer films. New assessment strategies of fractal architectures are of fundamental importance in the development of micro/nano-devices. Temperature-dependent properties including resistivity and thermoelectric power (TEP) of Au/Ge bilayer films with self-similar fractal patterns were investigated in detail. Experimental results indicated that the microstructure of Au film plays an important role in the characteristics of Au/Ge bilayer films after annealing and the crystallization processes of amorphous Ge accompany by fractal formation of Ge nanocrystals via temperature-induced assembly. The appearance of fractal architectures has significantly influence on the TEP but little effect on the resistivity of the annealed bilayer film. By analysis of the data, we found that the values of superlocalization exponent are within 1.22 ≤ ξ ≤ 1.29, which are higher than expected for two-dimension fractal systems. The results provided possible evidence for the superlocalization on fractal architectures in Au/Ge bilayer films. The TEP measurements are considered a more effective method than the conductivity for investigating superlocalization in a percolating system. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Citation Format(s)

Temperature-induced assembly of semiconductor nanocrystals into fractal architectures and thermoelectric power properties in Au/Ge bilayer films. / Li, Quanbao; Wang, Jian; Jiao, Zheng; Wu, Minghong; Shek, Chan-Hung; Lawrence Wu, C. M.; Lai, Joseph K.L.; Chen, Zhiwen.

In: Chaos, Solitons and Fractals, Vol. 44, No. 8, 08.2011, p. 640-646.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review