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20 February 2008 Thermopower measurement of freestanding nanowires using a MEMS workbench
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Nanowires of a diameter less than 50nm have been predicted to exhibit a higher thermoelectric figure of merit in comparison to their bulk equivalent. In order to experimentally measure the thermoelectric power in nanowires it is necessary to design and fabricate a measurement platform that is ideally matched in thermal and physical size and capable of testing a large number of individual nanowires in a high throughput manner. In this paper we present the design, fabrication, and characterization of a MEMS thermoelectric workbench with a high density of testing locations. Characteristic measurements of the thermoelectric power of Au nanowires are presented as demonstration of the workbench functionality.
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Nicolas B. Duarte and Srinivas A. Tadigadapa "Thermopower measurement of freestanding nanowires using a MEMS workbench", Proc. SPIE 6885, MEMS/MOEMS Components and Their Applications V. Special Focus Topics: Transducers at the Micro-Nano Interface, 68850G (20 February 2008);

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