Comparative Study of the Nanomechanics of Si Nanowires

실리콘 나노와이어의 나노역학 비교연구

  • 이병찬 (경희대학교 기계공학과)
  • Published : 2009.08.01


Mechanical properties of <001> silicon nanowires are presented. In particular, predictions from the calculations based on different length scales, first principles calculations, atomistic calculations, and continuum nanomechanical theory, are compared for <001> silicon nanowires. There are several elements that determine the mechanics of silicon nanowires, and the complicated balance between these elements is studied. Specifically, the role of the increasing surface effects and reduced dimensionality predicted from theories of different length scales are compared. As a prototype, a Tersoff-based empirical potential has been used to study the mechanical properties of silicon nanowires including the Young's modulus. The results significantly deviates from the first principles predictions as the size of wire is decreased.


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