Nanofingers pulled from bulk silver

Anmin Nie, Jiabin Liu, Peng Wang, Hongtao Wang, Wei Yang, Yuan Gao, Chuan Lin, Yanping Cao, Zhuo Zhuang

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Nanoscale finger-like structures are fabricated by pulling bulk silver wires at room temperature using a pair of cutter pliers. The diameter of these nanofingers (NFs) is found to have a narrow distribution (d = 15 ± 3 nm) and high uniformity along the length, which relies on the strain hardening induced by dislocation starvation. Theoretical prediction of the length agrees well with the experimental observation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-249
Number of pages3
JournalScripta Materialia
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Dislocation starvation
  • Fracture
  • Rayleigh instability
  • Silver nanofinger


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