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We demonstrate spatial probing of carrier transport within GaAs/AlGaAs core–shell nanowires with nanometer lateral resolution and subsurface sensitivity by energy-variable electron beam induced current imaging. Carrier drift that evolves with applied electric field is distinguished from a coupled drift-diffusion length. Along with simulation of injected electron trajectories, combining beam energy tuning with precise positioning for selective probing of core and shell reveals axial position- and bias-dependent differences in carrier type and transport along parallel conduction channels. These results indicate how analysis of transport within heterostructured nanomaterials is no longer limited to nonlocal or surface measurements.
American Chemical Society
Publication date: 
29 Dec 2014

Guannan Chen, Terrence McGuckin, Christopher J Hawley, Eric M Gallo, Paola Prete, Ilio Miccoli, Nico Lovergine, Jonathan E Spanier

Biblio References: 
Volume: 15 Issue: 1 Pages: 75-79
Nano letters