3-D atomic-scale mapping of manganese dopants in lead sulfide nanowires

Dieter Isheim, Jason Kaszpurenko, Dong Yu, Zugang Mao, David N. Seidman, Ilke Arslan*

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Dopants in nanowires, whether intentional or unintentional, can ultimately control the material's properties and, therefore, need to be understood on the atomic scale. We study vapor-liquid-solid grown manganese-doped lead sulfide nanowires by atom-probe tomography for the first time for lead salt materials. The three-dimensional chemical concentration maps at the atomic scale demonstrate a radial distribution profile of Mn ions, with a concentration of only 0.18 and 0.01 at. % for MnCl 2 and Mn-acetate precursors, respectively. The ability to characterize these small concentrations of dopant atoms in Pb 1-xMn xS nanowires (x = 0.0036 and 0.0002), important for spintronic and thermoelectric devices, sets a platform for similar analyses for all nanostructures. First-principles calculations confirm that Mn atoms substitute for Pb in the PbS structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6595-6600
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number11
StatePublished - Mar 22 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Energy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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