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The relationship between contact resistance and contact force on Au coated carbon nanotube surfaces under low force conditions

By E.M. Yunus, S.M. Spearing and J.W. McBride

Abstract

Carbon-Nanotube (CNT) coated surfaces are investigated to determine the<br/>electrical contact performance under low force conditions. The surfaces under investigation<br/>are vertically aligned multi-walled CNTs formed on a Silicon substrate and coated with an<br/>Au film. These planar surfaces are mated with a hemispherical Au plated probe mounted in<br/>a nano-indentation apparatus. The maximum contact force used is 1mN. The contact<br/>resistance of these surfaces is investigated as a function of the applied force and is also<br/>studied under repeated loading cycles. The surfaces are compared with a reference Au-Au<br/>contact under the same experimental conditions and the results compared to established<br/>contact theory. The results show that the vertically aligned multi-walled CNT surface<br/>provides a stable contact resistance. This study shows the potential for the application of<br/>CNT surfaces as an interface in low force electrical contact applications

Topics: TK, TA
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.soton.ac.uk:51023
Provided by: e-Prints Soton

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