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J Phys Chem B. 2005 Jun 30;109(25):12394-8.

Fabrication and characterization of single-crystalline ZnTe nanowire arrays.

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Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031, People's Republic of China.


Semiconductor ZnTe nanowire arrays have been synthesized by the pulsed electrochemical deposition from aqueous solutions into porous anodic alumina membranes. X-ray diffraction analyses show that the as-synthesized nanowires have a highly preferential orientation. Scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy indicate that high-filling, ordered, and single-crystalline nanowire arrays have been obtained. The optical absorption spectra of the nanowire arrays show that the optical absorption band edge of the ZnTe nanowire array exhibits a blue shift compared with that of bulk ZnTe. The growth mechanism and the electrochemical deposition process are discussed together with the chemical compositions analysis.

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