Three-dimensional representation of curved nanowires

Z. Huang, D. A. Dikin, W. Ding, Y. Qiao, Xinqi Chen, Y. Fridman, R. S. Ruoff*

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Nanostructures, such as nanowires, nanotubes and nanocoils, can be described in many cases as quasi one-dimensional curved objects projecting in three-dimensional space. A parallax method to construct the correct three-dimensional geometry of such one-dimensional nanostructures is presented. A series of scanning electron microscope images was acquired at different view angles, thus providing a set of image pairs that were used to generate three-dimensional representations using a MATLAB program. An error analysis as a function of the view angle between the two images is presented and discussed. As an example application, the importance of knowing the true three-dimensional shape of boron nanowires is demonstrated; without the nanowire's correct length and diameter, mechanical resonance data cannot provide an accurate estimate of Young's modulus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-214
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Microscopy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004


  • Electron microscopy
  • Epipolar geometry
  • Nanowire
  • Parallax method
  • Three-dimensional representation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Histology

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