Abstract

We have developed an atomic force microscope-tip-based concept to pattern metallic nanoparticles on substrates. This new process has the potential to control the assembly of nanometer sized particles by combining their unique optical and thermophysical properties and is a flexible and low energy method of patterning at the nanoscale. The proof of concept is detailed by preliminary experimental work showing selective melting and evaporation of groups of 50 and 100nm gold spherical particles.

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