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The European Physical Journal D

, Volume 50, Issue 3, pp 279–284 | Cite as

Preparation and analysis of a two-components breath figure at the nanoscale

  • R. Kofman
  • M. Allione
  • F. Celestini
  • Z. Barkay
  • Y. Lereah
Clusters and Nanostructures

Abstract

Solid/liquid two-components Ga–Pb structures in isolated nanometer sized particles have been produced and studied by electron microscopy. Production is based on the breath figure technique and we investigate the way the two components are distributed. We clearly identify two growth regimes associated with the two different ways a Pb atom incorporates into a Ga nanodrop. Using TEM and SEM, the shape and microstructure of the nanoparticles are studied and the results obtained are in good agreement with the proposed model. The experimental technique used appears to be appropriate to produce Pb nanocrystals in liquid Ga nano-containers.

PACS

81.07.Bc Nanocrystalline materials 64.75.Jk Phase separation and segregation in nanoscale systems 68.03.Cd Surface tension and related phenomena 68.37.Lp Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Kofman
    • 1
  • M. Allione
    • 1
  • F. Celestini
    • 1
  • Z. Barkay
    • 2
  • Y. Lereah
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Physique de la Matière Condensée, Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, UMR CNRS N° 6622Nice Cedex 2France
  2. 2.Wolfson Applied Materials Research Center, Tel-Aviv UniversityTel-AvivIsrael
  3. 3.Department of Physical ElectronicsFaculty of Engineering, Tel-Aviv UniversityTel-AvivIsrael

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