Single wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) suspended in isopropyl alcohol have been placed between two electrodes by AC dielectrophoresis method. The number of SWNTs bridging the two electrodes is controlled by SWNT concentration of the suspension and deposition time. Through selectively burning off the metallic SWNTs by current induced oxidation, the back-gate carbon nanotube field effect transistors (CNTFETs) with a channel current on-off ratio of up to 7×105have been successfully fabricated. The success rate of the CNTFETs in 20 samples is 60%. These results suggest that AC dielectrophoresis placement method is an efficient technique to fabricate CNTFETs with some flexibilities of controlling CNT reconnection, length and orientation. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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