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Hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 Heterostructure Nanowire Arrays

Jian Liu, Chunrui Wang*, Qingqing Xie, Junsheng Cai and Jing Zhang

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Department of Applied Physics and State Key Laboratory for Modification of Chemical Fibers and Polymer Materials, Donghua University, 2999 Renmin Rd. North, 201620, Songjiang District, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2009, 5:231-236  doi:10.1007/s11671-009-9470-z

Published: 29 October 2009

Abstract

Novel hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 based heterostructure nanowire arrays were fabricated on silicon substrates by a one-step thermal evaporation of CdS powder. The as-grown products were characterized using scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. Studies reveal that a typical hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 heterostructure nanowire is composed of a single crystalline Cd4SiS6 nanowire core sheathed with amorphous SiO2 sheath. Furthermore, secondary nanostructures of SiO2 nanowires are highly dense grown on the primary Cd4SiS6 core-SiO2 sheath nanowires and formed hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 based heterostructure nanowire arrays which stand vertically on silicon substrates. The possible growth mechanism of hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 heterostructure nanowire arrays is proposed. The optical properties of hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 heterostructure nanowire arrays are investigated using Raman and Photoluminescence spectroscopy.

Keywords:
Cd4SiS6/SiO2; Nanowire arrays; Thermal evaporation; Optical property