Rapid imaging of nanotubes on insulating substrates

T. Brintlinger, Yung Fu Chen, T. Dürkop, Enrique Cobas, M. S. Fuhrer, John D. Barry, John Melngailis

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

107 Citations (Scopus)


We demonstrate the use of field-emission scanning electron microscopy for rapid imaging of small-diameter carbon nanotubes on insulating SiO2 substrates. The image contrast stems from local potential differences between the nanotube and substrate and is insensitive to surface roughness and defects. This technique may also be used as a probe of the electrical connectivity of small structures without external leads.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2454-2456
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sept 2002
Externally publishedYes

Cite this