Nano Express

Nanoscale Research Letters

, 5:1085

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Nanomechanical Characterization of Indium Nano/Microwires

  • Prashant KumarAffiliated withJawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research Email author 
  • , MSR N KiranAffiliated withDepartment of Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Science


Nanomechanical properties of indium nanowires like structures fabricated on quartz substrate by trench template technique, measured using nanoindentation. The hardness and elastic modulus of wires were measured and compared with the values of indium thin film. Displacement burst observed while indenting the nanowire. ‘Wire-only hardness’ obtained using Korsunsky model from composite hardness. Nanowires have exhibited almost same modulus as indium thin film but considerable changes were observed in hardness value.


Trench template method Nanowires Nanomechanical property