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Metallic nanospheres embedded in nanowires initiated on nanostructures and methods for synthesis thereof

United States Patent

8,093,474
January 10, 2012
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A nanostructure includes a nanowire having metallic spheres formed therein, the spheres being characterized as having at least one of about a uniform diameter and about a uniform spacing there between. A nanostructure in another embodiment includes a substrate having an area with a nanofeature; and a nanowire extending from the nanofeature, the nanowire having metallic spheres formed therein, the spheres being characterized as having at least one of about a uniform diameter and about a uniform spacing there between. A method for forming a nanostructure is also presented. A method for reading and writing data is also presented. A method for preparing nanoparticles is also presented.
Zaidi; Saleem (Albuquerque, NM), Tringe; Joseph W. (Walnut Creek, CA), Vanamu; Ganesh (Sunnyvale, CA), Prinja; Rajiv (Albuquerque, NM)
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (Livermore, CA)
12/ 051,681
20080230763
March 19, 2008
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344 between the United States Department of Energy and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.