Mechanical Properties of Silicon Nanowires with Native Oxide Surface State

Sina Zare Pakzad, Mohammad Nasr Esfahani, B. Erdem Alaca

Research output: Working paperPreprint


Silicon nanowires have attracted considerable interest due to their wide-ranging applications in nanoelectromechanical systems and nanoelectronics. Molecular dynamics simulations are powerful tools for studying the mechanical properties of nanowires. However, these simulations encounter challenges in interpreting the mechanical behavior and brittle to ductile transition of silicon nanowires, primarily due to surface effects such as the assumption of an unreconstructed surface state. This study specifically focuses on the tensile deformation of silicon nanowires with a native oxide layer, considering critical parameters such as cross-sectional shape, length-to-critical dimension ratio, temperature, the presence of nano-voids, and strain rate. By incorporating the native oxide layer, the article aims to provide a more realistic representation of the mechanical behavior for different critical dimensions and crystallographic orientations of silicon nanowires. The findings contribute to the advancement of knowledge regarding size-dependent elastic properties and strength of silicon nanowires.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2023

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12 pages, 10 figures. Corrected typos and updated references


  • cond-mat.mtrl-sci

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