Negative Differential Resistance in ZnO Nanowires Bridging Two Metallic Electrodes
1 Institute of Physics for Microsystems and Department of Physics, Henan University, No. 1 Jinming Road, Kaifeng, Henan, 475004, China
2 Institute of Microelectronics, Department of Electrical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, 70101, Taiwan
Nanoscale Research Letters 2010, 5:1492-1495 doi:10.1007/s11671-010-9667-1Published: 13 June 2010
The electrical transport through nanoscale contacts of ZnO nanowires bridging the interdigitated Au electrodes shows the negative differential resistance (NDR) effect. The NDR peaks strongly depend on the starting sweep voltage. The origin of NDR through nanoscale contacts between ZnO nanowires and metal electrodes is the electron charging and discharging of the parasitic capacitor due to the weak contact, rather than the conventional resonant tunneling mechanism.