A method for fabricating silicon nanowires. The method includes the steps of: depositing a silicon nitride layer on a silicon on insulator (SOI) starting wafer; patterning the silicon nitride to define at least one silicon microbar; etching the SOI starting wafer to expose the at least one silicon microbar, wherein the at least one microbar is surrounded by a raised perimeter; growing a silicon oxide layer on the raised perimeter of the at least one microbar; and etching a portion of the at least one silicon microbar to produce at least one silicon nanowire adjacent the silicon oxide layer.
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 This invention was made with government support under DE-SC0005162 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.