High-Speed and Direction-Controlled Formation of Silicon Nanowire Arrays Assisted by Electric Field

Pin Ju Chien, Ta Cheng Wei, Chia Yun Chen

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Metal-assisted chemical etching (MaCE), a low-cost and versatile method was considered a promising technique for preparing silicon nanowires (SiNWs), yet the lack of well controlling the injected holes within Si might reduce the etching rate, create the unwanted sidewall etching, and degrade the structural uniformity. Herein, in this study, the bias-modulated MaCE process was performed, showing the etching rates more than four times of magnitude than that of typical bias-free MaCE with large-area uniformity. It was found that the field-mediated hole rectification overwhelmed the effect of retarded diffusivity from reactive ions, and thus the dynamics of distributed etching were therefore transferred to the directional etching behaviors. In addition, the etching orientation could be also manipulated with the external bias. The results demonstrated that the etching direction was switched toward the slanted features by varying the electric polarization, creating the special slanted/vertical NW arrays, which possessed the superior antireflection characteristics than the conventional vertically aligned features.

Original languageEnglish
Article number25
JournalNanoscale Research Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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