J. Phys. IV France
Volume 12, Numéro 9, November 2002
Page(s) 185 - 186

J. Phys. IV France
12 (2002) Pr9-185
DOI: 10.1051/jp4:20020392

Fabricated structures for studying mesoscopic physics of charge density waves

K. O'Neill1, E. Slot2, H. van der Zant2, K. Cicak1 and R. Thorne1

1  Department of Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, U.S.A.
2  TU Delft, Delft, The Netherlands

We present new methods for patterning and controlling the cross-section of the CDW conductor niobium triselenide crystals to sub-micron dimensions using photolithography and electron beam lithography. Experiments demonstrating these techniques are presented: accurate four-probe measurement of the c-axis resistivity as a function of temperature, and measurements of width and thickness-dependent size effects on the CDW condensate. In all samples, a region with near-perfect rectangular cross-section is left to provide a control, eliminating the need to compare different samples and reduces the role of sample-to-sample variations in the analyses.

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