Transport and charging in single semiconductor nanocrystals studied by conductance atomic force microscopy Academic Article uri icon


  • Electrical transport measurements through single InAs and CdSe semiconductor nanocrystals embedded in a thin polymer film were performed using conductance atomic force microscopy. The current and topography images showed excellent correlation, where current was detected only over the nanocrystals. A rapid current decay in consecutive scans was observed for positive sample bias, while remaining intact at negative bias. This current decay was accompanied by bias-dependent changes in the height of the nanocrystals. These phenomena, which were not observed for gold nanocrystals, are attributed to long- sustained charging of the nanocrystals.

publication date

  • January 1, 2004