Monday, August 22, 2016

Diamond set to sparkle for nanoelectronics

Scientists in Australia are the first to etch structures less than a hundred nanometres in size on the inclined surfaces of diamond by simply using a variable pressure scanning electron microscope (SEM).

They believe their electron beam induced etching (EBIE) could make nanofabrication of diamond devices accessible to every nanotechnology laboratory in the world.
Controlled fabrication of semiconductor nanostructures is an essential step in engineering of high performance photonic and optoelectronic devices.

Diamond has recently attracted considerable attention as a promising platform for quantum technologies, photonics and high resolution sensing applications.
Carbon nanotubes have the potential to be a wonder technology: their properties include a thermal conductivity higher than diamond.