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Nanoscale Characterization of Metal/Semiconductor Nanocables

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 February 2011

Ruxandra Vidu
Affiliation:, Bloo Solar, R&D, 2545 Boatman Ave, West Sacramento, CA, 95691, United States
Brian E McCandless
bem@UDel.Edu, Institute of Energy Conversion, 451 Wyoming Road, Newark, DE, 19716, United States
Jeff Berkheimer
Affiliation:, Bloo Solar, 2545 Boatman Ave, West Sacramento, CA, 95691, United States
David J Duval
Affiliation:, University of California, Davis, CA, 95616, United States
Pieter Stroeve
Affiliation:, University of California, Davis, CA, 95616, United States
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Comprehensive characterization at nanoscale is needed to create novel nanostructures for high efficiency solar cells. To produce consistent results, wide-ranging characterization procedures for integrated nanostructures have been developed. Characterization of a novel nanowire, nanotube and nanocable system includes: chemical, electrochemical, structural, optical and electrical characterization of nanostructures in relation with growth conditions. We present here results on Au and CdTe/Au system that help understanding how surface composition and properties are modified in this system. New challenges in structural characterization were also identified and improved sample preparation techniques were developed.

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Copyright © Materials Research Society 2008

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