One-dimensional pattern of Au nanodots by ion-beam sputtering: formation and mechanism Articles uri icon

publication date

  • July 2011

start page

  • 1

end page

  • 8


  • 28 (285301)


  • 22

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0957-4484

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1361-6528


  • Highly ordered one-dimensional arrays of nanodots, or nanobeads, are fabricated by forming nanoripples and nanodots in sequence, entirely by ion-beam sputtering (IBS) of Au(001). This demonstrates the capability of IBS for the fabrication of sophisticated nanostructures via hierarchical self-assembly. The intricate nanobead pattern ideally serves to identify the governing mechanisms for the pattern formation: nonlinear effects, especially local redeposition and surface-confined transport, are essential both for the formation and the preservation of the one-dimensional order of the nanobead pattern.