Electrical transport studies of individual IrO2 nanorods and their nanorod contacts

Y. H. Lin*, Y. C. Sun, Wen-Bin Jian, H. M. Chang, Y. S. Huang, Juhn-Jong Lin

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We have studied the electrical transport properties of individual single-crystalline IrO2 nanorods prepared by the metal-organic chemical vapour deposition method. With the help of the standard electron-beam lithographic technique, individual nanorods are contacted by Cr/Au submicron electrodes from above. Utilizing two-probe, three-probe and four-probe measurement configurations, not only the intrinsic electrical transport properties of the individual nanorods but also the electronic contact resistances, Rc(T), have been determined from 300 K down to liquid-helium temperatures. Our measured resistivity behaviour of the nanorods is in close agreement with the current theoretical understanding of this rutile material. On the other hand, we found that the temperature behaviour of the electronic contact resistance obeys the law over an extremely wide temperature range, from approximately 100 K down to liquid-helium temperatures. This latter conduction process is ascribed to the hopping of electrons through nanoscale Cr granules and/or an amorphous coating incidentally formed at the interface between the submicron Cr/Au electrode and the nanorod.

Original languageEnglish
Article number045711
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
Issue number4
StatePublished - 30 Jan 2008

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