By coprecipitation method LN particles have been synthesized with a loosely porous packed shape [ 21 ].
Under solvothermal conditions cubic and sphere-like LN nanoparticles have been prepared [ 23 ]. Nevertheless, there are still some important challenges to be solved such as growth direction, size and shape control, and degree of crystallinity. The aim of this research is to describe in detail the synthesis process of LN nanocrystals, to present their morphology and structural characteristics, and also to demonstrate that it is possible to control the size and morphology of LN nanocrystals synthesized by the aerosol-assisted chemical vapor deposition method AACVD.
We describe a detailed characterization of the LN particles synthesized, including an analysis of the nucleation conditions that allow the control of their size and morphology. We have analyzed the effect of the most relevant parameters leading to the nanocrystals taking a specific shape or size when synthesized by the AACVD method. Nevertheless, some of the nucleation conditions useful for growing LN thin films were modified or optimized to obtain LN nanocrystals.
Silicon was selected as substrate in order to combine its electronic advantages with the LN piezoelectric properties and optical processing capabilities. Concerning the sapphire substrate, its lattice parameters similar to LN enable the hetero-epitaxial growth of LN piezoelectric particles, i. In order to evaluate possible changes in the crystalline structure, size, and morphological characteristics of the LN particles synthesized, two deposition systems were used, one with a fixed and the other with a mobile nozzle.
The fixed nozzle deposition system uses an ultrasonic nebulizer working at 2. The substrate is directly in contact with a metallic plate heated at the selected temperature. The general properties and details of the deposition systems are published elsewhere [ 25 ]. In order to determine the optimal conditions to obtain LN nanocrystals keeping control of the size and shape, we also varied the carrier gas flow, the nozzle-to-substrate distance, and deposition time.
By varying the total number of scans, we obtained particles of different sizes. The starting solutions for feeding the ultrasonic nebulizer which generates the aerosol precursor were dilutions of niobium ethoxide The grazing incidence angle was fixed at 0. We accomplished a systematic variation of the nucleation conditions used in nanocrystals growth process, including substrate type and temperature, carrier gas flux of the precursor aerosol, nozzle-to-substrate distance, and solvent type methanol or ethanol used to prepare the precursor solution.
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The LN nanocrystals obtained showed different sizes and morphologies including multifaceted shapes, quasi-cubic shapes, tetrahedral shapes, diamond-like polyhedrons, hexagonal prism shapes, or hexagonal rod-like shapes depending on the exact nucleation conditions used in the synthesis process. In fact, a large number of deposition cycles were carried out by AACVD method on silicon 0 0 1 or sapphire 1 1 0 substrates, to investigate the possibility of obtaining LN particles with different shapes and sizes. Some representative LN structures synthesized on silicon or sapphire substrates with both the fixed nozzle system and the mobile nozzle system are shown below.
Figure 1 a — c shows SEM micrographs describing the morphology of some typical LN nanocrystals obtained using ethanol as solvent in the precursor solution. Figure 1 d — h shows SEM micrographs of the morphology of some LN nanocrystals obtained dissolving precursor solution in methanol. It was found from a detailed analysis of the controlled nucleation conditions used in the crystalline structure growth process that substrate temperature is a particularly crucial parameter in the synthesis process.
Temperatures out of this range caused the formation of non-faceted particles with rock-like or island-like shapes similar to a piece of thin film. The carrier gas flow magnitude was also decisive in the shape of LN crystals.
The molar concentration of the precursors diluted in methanol or ethanol also had an important effect on the LN crystal shape and size. The use of low molar precursor concentrations in the solution to be sprayed of the order of 0. On the other hand, the use of methanol or ethanol as solvent in the precursor solution used in the synthesis process had a strong effect on the determination of LN particle morphology. This finding is in agreement with the results reported in Ref. However, the use of ethanol as solvent in the precursor solution enables the formation of extended rod-like particles and polyhedral type II particles, using the fixed nozzle deposition system Figure 1 a — c.
I played around with this value until it seemed to work well. Each particle object has a force vector that we use to add up all the various forces for every frame update. See it in action here.
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The great thing about vector maths is that it also works in 3D with no changes at all! So a quick conversion into three. Particle image courtesy of Mr. Please feel free to ask questions, and if you know this stuff well, perhaps you could point out where I could have explained things better. Great post, thinking in terms of vectors vs coordinates really opened up the possibilities of what you can do with code.
Thanks Mannytan! Funny how those logical things can trip us up. Keep up the good work, I love this kind of posts. The fact that you have hands-on visual examples with simple explanations is simply great. To be perfectly honest I was surprised it worked so well and so quickly! Thank you so much for the feedback. Hi Seb, Great article!
You can see it in actions in Gephi, a great software for graph visualization. Cheers, Martin.
Your particle system is amazing. I have a question though. How can I implement a bounding box instead of a circle?
It would be great if you could help me out with that. Thanks for this simple, detailed but awesome tutorial! Seb Lee-Delisle is an internationally recognised creative coder specialising in large scale installations. Each example is a small QML file emphasizing a particular type or feature. Velocity from motion gives the effect of strong particle motion through primarily moving the emitters:.
Note how burst takes an argument of number of particles to emit, and pulse takes an argument of number of milliseconds to emit for. This gives a slightly different behaviour, which is easy to see in this example. Custom Emitter connects to the emitParticles signal to set arbitrary values on particle data as they're emitted;.