Characterization of gold contacts in GaAs-based molecular devices: Relating structure to electrical properties
Date of this Version4-20-2009
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Au/octadecanethiol/GaAs devices were prepared using different metallization conditions: direct deposition at 77 K and 300 K samples, and indirect deposition (Ar backfilling). Time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry data indicate that similar to 4x and similar to 2x more gold penetrates through the SAM after direct deposition at 300 K and 77 K, respectively, than under Ar backfill conditions. However, these devices have significantly different conductances: Ar-backfill and 77 K samples have similar to 200x and similar to 70x, respectively, larger conductances than 300 K devices. An electrostatic model has been developed to explain the very large conductance changes due to small differences in device structure.
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