1Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur, JLN Marg, Jaipur 302017, India
2Inter University Accelerator Centre, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi, India
Adv. Mater. Lett., 2013, Ion Beam Special Issue, 4 (6), pp 413-417
Publication Date (Web): Mar 16, 2013
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Electrically conducting carbon nanowires, all parallel to each other and embedded in fullerene C70 matrix are created by swift heavy ion irradiation of thin fullerene C70 film at low fluences (up to 1010 ions/cm2). The conductivity of the wires is several orders of magnitude higher than the surrounding material and it is due to the transformation of fullerene into amorphous carbon within each ion hit zone. These conducting nanowires are evidenced by conducting atomic force microscopy. The typical diameter of the conducting tracks is observed to be about 11-21 nm.
Nanowires, fullerene, irradiation.