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Nanowires Stiffen in Electron Beam

October 07, 2011

Electron Beam Irradiation Stiffens Zinc Tin Oxide Nanowires

Jianfeng Zang†, Lihong Bao†, Richard A. Webb‡, and Xiaodong Li*†

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of South Carolina, 300 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29208, United States
Department of Physics and USC NanoCenter, University of South Carolina, 631 Sumter Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29208, United States

The authors established a remarkable phenomenon, namely that electron beam irradiation significantly enhances the stiffness as measured by the Young’s modulus of zinc tin oxide (ZTO) nanowires (NWs). It increased up to 40% compared with the pristine NWs.

 

The paper published in NANOLETTERS is available here: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/nl2027519