What is a hexagonal array and how is it transferred into different substrates?

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In summary, a hexagonal array is a two-dimensional arrangement of elements in a honeycomb-like pattern with each element connected to six adjacent elements. It has various applications in science and technology, such as optics, electronics, chemistry, and biology. Its main difference from a rectangular array is its shape and efficient packing structure. The advantages of using a hexagonal array include its ability to pack more elements in a given area and its uniform distribution of elements. It can be created through different methods such as arranging individual elements, using lithography techniques, or through self-assembly.
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I was reading a paper, and this term came up a lot. I have been searching for couple hours, and still cannot find a good source to explain this term.

Anyone has any idea?
A practical approach of transferring a hexagonal array of nanosized pores produced in porous alumina into silicon and other substrates is discussed.
 
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Here are photos of ordered hexagonal (more or less) nanopore arrays

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/nn7004415"[/URL]

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v412/n6843/fig_tab/412169a0_F1.html"
 
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hi, thank you for your help. now i understood.
 

1. What is a hexagonal array?

A hexagonal array is a type of two-dimensional arrangement of elements in a hexagonal shape. This means that the elements are arranged in a pattern similar to a honeycomb, with each element connected to six adjacent elements.

2. What is the purpose of a hexagonal array?

Hexagonal arrays have various applications in science and technology. They are often used in optics, such as in the design of lenses and mirrors, as well as in electronic devices like microchips. They can also be used in chemistry and biology for studying molecular structures and interactions.

3. How is a hexagonal array different from a rectangular array?

The main difference between a hexagonal array and a rectangular array is the shape of the elements and the arrangement pattern. While a rectangular array has elements arranged in rows and columns, a hexagonal array has a more efficient packing structure with each element connected to six neighbors instead of four.

4. What are the advantages of using a hexagonal array?

There are several advantages to using a hexagonal array over other types of arrays. One major advantage is its efficient packing structure, which allows for more elements to be packed into a given area. This makes hexagonal arrays useful in applications where space is limited. Additionally, the hexagonal shape allows for more uniform distribution of elements, making it useful for applications that require balanced connectivity between elements.

5. How is a hexagonal array created?

Hexagonal arrays can be created in various ways, depending on the application. In some cases, they can be formed by arranging individual elements in a specific pattern. In other cases, they can be created using lithography techniques, where a pattern is etched onto a surface. Another method is through self-assembly, where the elements are allowed to arrange themselves into a hexagonal pattern through chemical or physical processes.

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