Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

UC Berkeley

Semiconductor Nanowire Manipulation Using Optoelectronic Tweezers

Arash Jamshidi, Peter Pauzauskie, Aaron Takami Ohta, Pei-Yu Chiou, Hsan-yin Hsu, Peidong Yang and Ming C. Wu

EECS Department
University of California, Berkeley
Technical Report No. UCB/EECS-2006-116
September 21, 2006

http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2006/EECS-2006-116.pdf

We demonstrate, for the first time, the trapping and manipulation of individual silicon nanowires by light-induced dielectrophoresis, or Optoelectronic Tweezers (OET). Optical manipulation provides a powerful means to bridge the micro and nano worlds. Optical tweezers have been used to trap single silicon and CdS nanowires, However, their ability to perform parallel assembly is hampered by the high optical power density (10^7 W/cm^2) and small working area (~1umx1um). Dielectrophoresis can trap nanowires between two fixed microelectrodes, however, it lacks the resolution to manipulate single nanowires and the trapping sites are fixed by the electrode pattern. In contrast, OET is capable of manipulating a large number of microparticles or cells over a large area. Previously, the smallest particles that OET could trap individually were limited to 2 um. In this paper, we report on the trapping of single Si nanowires with diameters of 100 nm using OET with an optical power density of 100 W/cm^2. We show that OET can separate two nanowires that are 4um apart, and transport a single nanowire at a speed of 68 um/sec. Array patterns of silicon nanowires have also been demonstrated.


BibTeX citation:

@techreport{Jamshidi:EECS-2006-116,
    Author = {Jamshidi, Arash and Pauzauskie, Peter and Ohta, Aaron Takami and Chiou, Pei-Yu and Hsu, Hsan-yin and Yang, Peidong and Wu, Ming C.},
    Title = {Semiconductor Nanowire Manipulation Using Optoelectronic Tweezers},
    Institution = {EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley},
    Year = {2006},
    Month = {Sep},
    URL = {http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2006/EECS-2006-116.html},
    Number = {UCB/EECS-2006-116},
    Abstract = {We demonstrate, for the first time, the trapping and manipulation of individual silicon nanowires by light-induced dielectrophoresis, or Optoelectronic Tweezers (OET). Optical manipulation provides a powerful means to bridge the micro and nano worlds. Optical tweezers have been used to trap single silicon and CdS nanowires, However, their ability to perform parallel assembly is hampered by the high optical power density (10^7 W/cm^2) and small working area (~1umx1um). Dielectrophoresis can trap nanowires between two fixed microelectrodes, however, it lacks the resolution to manipulate single nanowires and the trapping sites are fixed by the electrode pattern. In contrast, OET is capable of manipulating a large number of microparticles or cells over a large area. Previously, the smallest particles that OET could trap individually were limited to 2 um. In this paper, we report on the trapping of single Si nanowires with diameters of 100 nm using OET with an optical power density of 100 W/cm^2. We show that OET can separate two nanowires that are 4um apart, and transport a single nanowire at a speed of 68 um/sec. Array patterns of silicon nanowires have also been demonstrated.}
}

EndNote citation:

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%A Jamshidi, Arash
%A Pauzauskie, Peter
%A Ohta, Aaron Takami
%A Chiou, Pei-Yu
%A Hsu, Hsan-yin
%A Yang, Peidong
%A Wu, Ming C.
%T Semiconductor Nanowire Manipulation Using Optoelectronic Tweezers
%I EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley
%D 2006
%8 September 21
%@ UCB/EECS-2006-116
%U http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2006/EECS-2006-116.html
%F Jamshidi:EECS-2006-116