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Keywords:

  • Chemical vapor deposition, plasma-enhanced;
  • Nanostructures;
  • Self-assembly;
  • Semiconductors;
  • Silicon
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Self-assembled Si quantum-ring structures on a Si(100) substrate are fabricated by using a PECVD technique based on a growth–etching competition mechanism. The as-grown Si ring structures have superior morphology, excellent rotational symmetry, and ultrathin edge width (down to 10 nm, see figure). This growth model also represents a general scheme for controlling and tailoring the shape, size, and complexity of self-assembled nanostructures.