Optical properties of carbon nanotubes

Optical properties of carbon nanotubes


Within materials science, the optical properties of carbon nanotubes refer specifically to the absorption, photoluminescence, and Raman spectroscopy of carbon nanotubes. Spectroscopic methods offer the possibility of quick and non-destructive characterization of relatively large amounts of carbon nanotubes. There is a strong demand for such characterization from the industrial point of view: numerous parameters of the nanotube synthesis can be changed, intentionally or unintentionally, to alter the nanotube quality. As shown below, optical absorption, photoluminescence and Raman spectroscopies allow quick and reliable characterization of this "nanotube quality" in terms of non-tubular carbon content, structure (chirality) of the produced nanotubes, and structural defects. Those features determine nearly any other properties such as optical, mechanical, and electrical properties.

Carbon nanotubes are unique "one dimensional systems" which can be envisioned as rolled single sheets of graphite (or more precisely graphene). This rolling can be done at different angles and curvatures resulting in different nanotube properties. The diameter typically varies in the range 0.4–40 nm (i.e. "only" ~100 times), but the length can vary ~10,000 times reaching 18.5 cm.[1] Thus the nanotube aspect ratio, or the length-to-diameter ratio, can be as high as 132,000,000:1,[2] which is unequalled by any other material. Consequently, all the properties of the carbon nanotubes relative to those of typical semiconductors are extremely anisotropic (directionally dependent) and tunable.

Whereas mechanical, electrical and electrochemical (supercapacitor) properties of the carbon nanotubes are well established and have immediate applications, the practical use of optical properties is yet unclear. The aforementioned tunability of properties is potentially useful in optics and photonics. In particular, light-emitting diodes (LEDs)[3][4] and photo-detectors[5] based on a single nanotube have been produced in the lab. Their unique feature is not the efficiency, which is yet relatively low, but the narrow selectivity in the wavelength of emission and detection of light and the possibility of its fine tuning through the nanotube structure. In addition, bolometer[6] and optoelectronic memory[7] devices have been realised on ensembles of single-walled carbon nanotubes.


This article uses the following abbreviations:

  • Carbon nanotube (CNT)
  • Single wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT)
  • Multiwall carbon nanotube (MWCNT)

However, C is often omitted in scientific literature,[8] so NT, SWNT and MWNT are more commonly used. Also, "wall" is often exchanged with "walled".

Electronic structure of carbon nanotube

The (nm) nanotube naming scheme[8][9] can be thought of as a vector (Ch) in an infinite graphene sheet that describes how to "roll up" the graphene sheet to make the nanotube. T denotes the tube axis, and a1 and a2 are the unit vectors of graphene in real space.
Armchair nanotube
Zigzag nanotube

A single-wall carbon nanotube can be imagined as graphene sheet rolled at a certain "chiral" angle with respect to a plane perpendicular to the tube's long axis. Consequently, SWCNT can be defined by its diameter and chiral angle. The chiral angle can range from 0 to 30 degrees.

However, more conveniently, a pair of indices (nm) is used instead. The indices refer to equally long unit vectors at 60° angles to each other across a single 6-member carbon ring. Taking the origin as carbon number 1, the a1 unit vector may be considered the line drawn from carbon 1 to carbon 3, and the a2 unit vector is then the line drawn from carbon 1 to carbon 5. (See the upper right corner of the diagram at right.) To visualize a CNT with indices (nm), draw n a1 unit vectors across the graphene sheet, then draw m a2 unit vectors at a 60° angle to the a1 vectors, then add the vectors together. The line representing the sum of the vectors will define the circumference of the CNT along the plane perpendicular to its long axis, connecting one end to the other.[8][9][10] In the diagram at right, Ch is a (4, 2) vector: the sum of 4 unit vectors from the origin directly to the right, then 2 unit vectors at a 60° angle down and to the right.

Tubes having n = m (chiral angle = 30°) are called "armchair" and those with m = 0 (chiral angle = 0°) "zigzag". Those indices uniquely determine whether CNT is a metal, semimetal or semiconductor, as well as its band gap: when |m – n| = 3k (k is integer), the tube is metallic; but if |m – n| = 3k ± 1, the tube is semiconducting. The nanotube diameter d is related to m and n as

 d = \frac{a}{\pi} \sqrt{(n^2 + nm + m^2)}.

In this equation, a = 0.246 nm is the magnitude of either unit vector a1 or a2.

The situation in multi-wall CNTs is complicated as their properties are determined by contribution of all individual shells; those shells have different structures, and, because of the synthesis, are usually more defective than SWCNTs. Therefore, optical properties of MWCNTs will not be considered here.

Van Hove singularities

A bulk 3D material (blue) has continuous DOS, but a 1D wire (green) has Van Hove singularities.

Optical properties of carbon nanotubes derive from electronic transitions within one-dimensional density of states (DOS). A typical feature of one-dimensional crystals is that their DOS is not a continuous function of energy, but it descends gradually and then increases in a discontinuous spike. In contrast, three-dimensional materials have continuous DOS. The sharp peaks found in one-dimensional materials are called Van Hove singularities.

Van Hove singularities result in the following remarkable optical properties of carbon nanotubes:

  • Optical transitions occur between the v1 − c1, v2 − c2, etc., states of semiconducting or metallic nanotubes and are traditionally labeled as S11, S22, M11, etc., or, if the "conductivity" of the tube is unknown or unimportant, as E11, E22, etc. Crossover transitions c1 − v2, c2 − v1, etc., are dipole-forbidden and thus are extremely weak, but they were possibly observed using cross-polarized optical geometry.[11]
  • The energies between the Van Hove singularities depend on the nanotube structure. Thus by varying this structure, one can tune the optoelectronic properties of carbon nanotube. Such fine tuning has been experimentally demonstrated using UV illumination of polymer-dispersed CNTs.[12]
  • Optical transitions are rather sharp (~10 meV) and strong. Consequently, it is relatively easy to selectively excite nanotubes having certain (nm) indices, as well as to detect optical signals from individual nanotubes.

Kataura plot

In this Kataura plot, the energy of an electronic transition decreases as the diameter of the nanotube increases.

The band structure of carbon nanotubes having certain (nm) indexes can be easily calculated.[13] A theoretical graph based on this calculations was designed in 1999 by Hiromichi Kataura to rationalize experimental findings. A Kataura plot relates the nanotube diameter and its bandgap energies for all nanotubes in a diameter range.[14] The oscillating shape of every branch of the Kataura plot reflects the intrinsic strong dependence of the SWCNT properties on the (nm) index rather than on its diameter. For example, (10, 0) and (8, 3) tubes have almost the same diameter, but very different properties: the former is a metal, but the latter is semiconductor.

Optical absorption

Optical absorption spectrum from dispersed single-wall carbon nanotubes

Optical absorption in carbon nanotubes differs from absorption in conventional 3D materials by presence of sharp peaks (1D nanotubes) instead of an absorption threshold followed by an absorption increase (most 3D solids). Absorption in nanotubes originates from electronic transitions from the v2 to c2 (energy E22) or v1 to c1 (E11) levels, etc.[8][14] The transitions are relatively sharp and can be used to identify nanotube types. Note that the sharpness deteriorates with increasing energy, and that many nanotubes have very similar E22 or E11 energies, and thus significant overlap occurs in absorption spectra. This overlap is avoided in photoluminescence mapping measurements (see below), which instead of a combination of overlapped transitions identifies individual (E22E11) pairs.[15][16]

Interactions between nanotubes, such as bundling, broaden optical lines. While bundling strongly affects photoluminescence, it has much weaker effect on optical absorption and Raman scattering. Consequently, sample preparation for the latter two techniques is relatively simple.

Optical absorption is routinely used to quantify quality of the carbon nanotube powders.[17] The spectrum is analyzed in terms of intensities of nanotube-related peaks, background and pi-carbon peak; the latter two mostly originate from non-nanotube carbon.

Carbon nanotubes as a black body

An ideal black body should have emissivity or absorbance of 1.0, which is difficult to attain in practice, especially in a wide spectral range. Vertically aligned "forests" of single-wall carbon nanotubes can have absorbances of 0.98–0.99 from the far-ultraviolet (200 nm) to far-infrared (200 μm) wavelengths. Super black, a coating based on chemically etched nickel-phosphorus alloy, is another material approaching the absorption of 1.0.

These SWNT forests (buckypaper) were grown by the super-growth CVD method to about 10 μm height. Two factors could contribute to strong light absorption by these structures: (i) a distribution of CNT chiralities resulted in various bandgaps for individual CNTs. Thus a compound material was formed with broadband absorption. (ii) Light might be trapped in those forests due to multiple reflections.[18][19][20]

Reflectance measurements[21]
UV-to-near IR Near-to-mid IR Mid-to-far IR
Wavelength, μm 0.2-2 2-20 25-200
Incident angle, ° 8 5 10
Reflection Hemispherical-directional Hemispherical-directional Specular
Reference White reflectance standard Gold mirror Aluminum mirror
Average reflectance 0.0160 0.0097 0.0017
Standard deviation 0.0048 0.0041 0.0027


Photoluminescence map from single-wall carbon nanotubes. (nm) indexes identify certain semiconducting nanotubes. Note that PL measurements do not detect nanotubes with n = m or m = 0.

Excitation mechanism

Photoluminescence (PL) is one of the important tools for nanotube characterization. The excitation of PL usually occurs as follows: an electron in a nanotube absorbs excitation light via S22 transition, creating an electron-hole pair (exciton). Both electron and hole rapidly relax (via phonon-assisted processes) from c2 to c1 and from v2 to v1 states, respectively. Then they recombine through a c1 − v1 transition resulting in light emission.

No excitonic luminescence can be produced in metallic tubes — electron can be excited, thus resulting in optical absorption, but the hole is immediately filled by another electron out of many available in metal. Therefore no exciton is produced.

Salient properties

  • Photoluminescence from SWCNT, as well as optical absorption and Raman scattering, is linearly polarized along the tube axis. This allows monitoring of the SWCNTs orientation without direct microscopic observation.
  • PL is quick: relaxation typically occurs within 100 picoseconds.[22]
  • PL efficiency is usually low (~0.01%),[22] however, there is room for enhancement, e.g., through improving the structural quality of the nanotubes and clever nanotube isolation strategies. For example, the efficiency of 3% has been reported in nanotubes sorted by diameter and length through gradient centrifugation,[23] and it has been further increased to 20% by optimizing the procedure of isolating individual nanotubes in solution.[24]
  • The spectral range of PL is rather wide. Emission wavelength can vary between 0.8 and 2.1 micrometers depending on the nanotube structure.[15][16]
  • Interaction between nanotubes or between nanotube and another material (e.g., substrate) quenches PL. For this reason, no PL is observed in multi-wall carbon nanotubes. PL from double-wall carbon nanotubes strongly depends on how they were prepared: CVD grown DWCNTs show emission both from inner and outer shells.[15][16] However, DWCNTs produced by encapsulating fullerenes into SWCNTs and annealing show PL only from the outer shells.[25] Isolated SWCNTs lying on the substrate show extremely weak PL which has been detected in few studies only.[26] Detachment of the tubes from the substrate drastically increases PL.
  • Position of the (S22S11) PL peaks depends slightly (within 2%) on the nanotube environment (air, dispersant, etc.). However, the shift depends on the (nm) index, and thus the whole PL map not only shifts, but also warps upon changing the CNT medium.


Because of low efficiency, no commercial application of PL from pure carbon nanotubes is viable yet. However, PL is widely used to deduce (nm) indices: first nanotubes are isolated (dispersed) using an appropriate chemical agent ("dispersant") to reduce the intertube quenching. Then PL is measured, scanning both the excitation and emission energies and thereby producing a PL map. The ovals in the map define (S22S11) pairs, which unique identify (nm) index of a tube. The data of Weisman and Bachilo are conventionally used for the identification.[27]


Optical properties, including the PL efficiency, can be modified by encapsulating organic dyes (carotene, lycopene, etc.) inside the tubes.[28][29] Efficient energy transfer occurs between the encapsulated dye and nanotube — light is efficiently absorbed by the dye and without significant loss is transferred to the SWCNT. Thus potentially, optical properties of a carbon nanotube can be controlled by encapsulating certain molecule inside it. Besides, encapsulation allows isolation and characterization of organic molecules which are unstable under ambient conditions. For example, Raman spectra are extremely difficult to measure from dyes because of their strong PL (efficiency close to 100%). However, encapsulation of dye molecules inside SWCNTs completely quenches dye PL, thus allowing measurement and analysis of their Raman spectra.[30]


Cathodoluminescence (CL) — light emission excited by electron beam — is a process commonly observed in TV screens. An electron beam can be finely focused and scanned across the studied material. This technique is widely used to study defects in semiconductors and nanostructures with nanometer-scale spatial resolution.[31] It would be beneficial to apply this technique to carbon nanotubes. However, no reliable CL, i.e. sharp peaks assignable to certain (nm) indices, has been detected from carbon nanotubes yet.


If appropriate electrical contacts are attached to a nanotube, electron-hole pairs (excitons) can be generated by injecting electrons and holes from the contacts. Subsequent exciton recombination results in electroluminescence (EL). Electroluminescent devices have been produced from single nanotubes.[3][4][32]

Raman scattering

Raman spectrum of single-wall carbon nanotubes

Raman spectroscopy has good spatial resolution (~0.5 micrometers) and sensitivity (single nanotubes); it requires only minimal sample preparation and is rather informative. Consequently, Raman spectroscopy is probably the most popular technique of carbon nanotube characterization. Raman scattering in SWCNTs is resonant, i.e., only those tubes are probed which have one of the bandgaps equal to the exciting laser energy.[33][34] Several scattering modes dominate the SWCNT spectrum, as discussed below.

Similar to photoluminescence mapping, the energy of the excitation light can be scanned in Raman measurements, thus producing Raman maps.[33] Those maps also contain oval-shaped features uniquely identifying (nm) indices. Contrary to PL, Raman mapping detects not only semiconducting but also metallic tubes, and it is less sensitive to nanotube bundling than PL. However, requirement of a tunable laser and a dedicated spectrometer is a strong technical impediment.

Radial breathing mode

Radial breathing mode (RBM) corresponds to radial expansion-contraction of the nanotube. Therefore, its frequency νRBM (in cm−1) depends on the nanotube diameter d (in nanometers) and can be estimated[33][34] as νRBM = 223/d + 10, which is very useful in deducing the CNT diameter from the RBM position. Typical RBM range is 100–350 cm−1. If RBM intensity is particularly strong, its weak second overtone can be observed at double frequency.

Bundling mode

The bundling mode is a special form of RBM supposedly originating from collective vibration in a bundle of SWCNTs.[35]

G mode

Another very important mode is the G mode (G from graphite). This mode corresponds to planar vibrations of carbon atoms and is present in most graphite-like materials.[10] G band in SWCNT is shifted to lower frequencies relative to graphite (1580 cm−1) and is split into several peaks. The splitting pattern and intensity depend on the tube structure and excitation energy; they can be used, though with much lower accuracy compared to RBM mode, to estimate the tube diameter and whether the tube is metallic or semiconducting.

D mode

D mode is present in all graphite-like carbons and originates from structural defects.[10] Therefore, the ratio of the G/D modes is conventionally used to quantify the structural quality of carbon nanotubes. High-quality nanotubes have this ratio significantly higher than 100.

G' mode

The name of this mode is misleading: it is given because in graphite, this mode is usually the second strongest after the G mode. However, it is actually the second overtone of the defect-induced D mode (and thus should logically be named D'). Its intensity is stronger than that of the D mode due to different selection rules.[10] In particular, D mode is forbidden in the ideal nanotube and requires a structural defect, providing a phonon of certain angular momentum, to be induced. In contrast, G' mode involves a "self-annihilating" pair of phonons and thus does not require defects. The spectral position of G' mode depends on diameter, so it can be used roughly to estimate the SWCNT diameter.[16] In particular, G' mode is a doublet in double-wall carbon nanotubes, but the doublet is often unresolved due to line broadening.

Other overtones, such as a combination of RBM+G mode at ~1750 cm−1, are frequently seen in CNT Raman spectra. However, they are less important and are not considered here.

Anti-Stokes scattering

All the above Raman modes can be observed both as Stokes and anti-Stokes scattering. As mentioned above, Raman scattering from CNTs is resonant in nature, i.e. only tubes whose band gap energy is similar to the laser energy are excited. The difference between those two energies, and thus the band gap of individual tubes, can be estimated from the intensity ratio of the Stokes/anti-Stokes lines.[33][34] This estimate however relies on the temperature factor (Boltzmann factor), which is often miscalculated - focused laser beam is used in the measurement, which can locally heat the nanotubes without changing the overall temperature of the studied sample.

Rayleigh scattering

Carbon nanotubes have very large aspect ratio, i.e., their length is much larger than their diameter. Consequently, as expected from the classical electromagnetic theory, elastic light scattering (or Rayleigh scattering) by straight CNTs has anisotropic angular dependence, and from its spectrum, the band gaps of individual nanotubes can be deduced.[36][37]

Another manifestation of Rayleigh scattering is the "antenna effect", an array of nanotubes standing on a substrate has specific angular and spectral distributions of reflected light, and both those distributions depend on the nanotube length.[38]

See also


  1. ^ 1.^ a b Wang, X. et al. (2009). "Fabrication of Ultralong and Electrically Uniform Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes on Clean Substrates". Nano Letters 9 (9): 3137–3141. Bibcode 2009NanoL...9.3137W. doi:10.1021/nl901260b. PMID 19650638.
  2. ^ Wang, X.; Li, Q.; Xie, J.; Jin, Z.; Wang, J.; Li, Y.; Jiang, K.; Fan, S. (2009). "Fabrication of Ultralong and Electrically Uniform Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes on Clean Substrates". Nano Letters 9 (9): 3137–3141. Bibcode 2009NanoL...9.3137W. doi:10.1021/nl901260b. PMID 19650638. 
  3. ^ a b J. A. Misewich et al. (2003). "Electrically Induced Optical Emission from a Carbon Nanotube FET". Science 300 (5620): 783–786. Bibcode 2003Sci...300..783M. doi:10.1126/science.1081294. PMID 12730598. 
  4. ^ a b J. Chen et al. (2005). "Bright Infrared Emission from Electrically Induced Excitons in Carbon Nanotubes". Science 310 (5751): 1171–1174. Bibcode 2005Sci...310.1171C. doi:10.1126/science.1119177. PMID 16293757. 
  5. ^ M. Freitag et al. (2003). "Photoconductivity of Single Carbon Nanotubes". Nano Letters 3 (8): 1067–1071. Bibcode 2003NanoL...3.1067F. doi:10.1021/nl034313e. 
  6. ^ M. E. Itkis et al. (2006). "Bolometric Infrared Photoresponse of Suspended Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Films". Science 312 (5772): 413–416. Bibcode 2006Sci...312..413I. doi:10.1126/science.1125695. PMID 16627739. 
  7. ^ A. Star et al. (2004). "Nanotube Optoelectronic Memory Devices". Nano Letters 4 (9): 1587–1591. Bibcode 2004NanoL...4.1587S. doi:10.1021/nl049337f. 
  8. ^ a b c d S. B. Sinnott and R. Andreys (2001). "Carbon Nanotubes: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications". Critical Reviews in Solid State and Materials Sciences 36 (3): 145–249. doi:10.1080/20014091104189. 
  9. ^ a b M. S. Dresselhaus et al. (1995). "Physics of Carbon Nanotubes". Carbon 33 (7): 883–891. doi:10.1016/0008-6223(95)00017-8. 
  10. ^ a b c d P. C. Eklund et al. (1995). "Vibrational Modes of Carbon Nanotubes; Spectroscopy and Theory". Carbon 33 (7): 959–972. doi:10.1016/0008-6223(95)00035-C. 
  11. ^ Y. Miyauchi et al. (2006). "Cross-Polarized Optical Absorption of Single-Walled Nanotubes Probed by Polarized Photoluminescence Excitation Spectroscopy". Physical Review B 74 (20): 205440. arXiv:cond-mat/0608073. Bibcode 2006PhRvB..74t5440M. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.74.205440. 
  12. ^ K. Iakoubovskii et al. (2006). "Midgap Luminescence Centers in Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes Created by Ultraviolet Illumination". Applied Physics Letters 89 (17): 173108. Bibcode 2006ApPhL..89q3108I. doi:10.1063/1.2364157. 
  13. ^ S. Maruyama. "Shigeo Maruyama's Fullerene and Carbon Nanotube Site". http://reizei.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/~maruyama/nanotube.html. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  14. ^ a b H. Kataura et al. (1999). "Optical Properties of Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes". Synthetic Metals 103 (1-3): 2555–2558. doi:10.1016/S0379-6779(98)00278-1. http://staff.aist.go.jp/h-kataura/Kataura-Synth-Met-103-2555.pdf. 
  15. ^ a b c K. Iakoubovskii et al. (2006). "IR-Extended Photoluminescence Mapping of Single-Wall and Double-Wall Carbon Nanotubes". Journal of Physical Chemistry B 110 (35): 17420–17424. doi:10.1021/jp062653t. PMID 16942079. 
  16. ^ a b c d K. Iakoubovskii et al. (2008). "Optical Characterization of Double-wall Carbon Nanotubes: Evidence for Inner Tube Shielding". Journal of Physical Chemistry C 112 (30): 11194–11198. doi:10.1021/jp8018414. 
  17. ^ M. E. Itkis et al. (2005). "Comparison of Analytical Techniques for Purity Evaluation of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes". Journal of the American Chemical Society 127 (10): 3439–48. doi:10.1021/ja043061w. PMID 15755163. 
  18. ^ Zu-Po Yang et al. (2008). "Experimental Observation of an Extremely Dark Material Made By a Low-Density Nanotube Array". Nano letters 8 (2): 446–451. Bibcode 2008NanoL...8..446Y. doi:10.1021/nl072369t. PMID 18181658. 
  19. ^ K. Mizuno et al. (2009). "A black body absorber from vertically aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106 (15): 6044–6077. Bibcode 2009PNAS..106.6044M. doi:10.1073/pnas.0900155106. PMC 2669394. PMID 19339498. http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=2669394. 
  20. ^ K. Hata et al. (2004). "Water-Assisted Highly Efficient Synthesis of Impurity-Free Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes". Science 306 (5700): 1362–1364. Bibcode 2004Sci...306.1362H. doi:10.1126/science.1104962. PMID 15550668. 
  21. ^ L. Mizunoet al. (2009). "Supporting Information". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106 (15): 6044. Bibcode 2009PNAS..106.6044M. doi:10.1073/pnas.0900155106. 
  22. ^ a b F. Wang et al. (2004). "Time-Resolved Fluorescence of Carbon Nanotubes and Its Implication for Radiative Lifetimes". Physical Review Letters 92 (17): 177401. Bibcode 2004PhRvL..92q7401W. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.92.177401. PMID 15169189. 
  23. ^ Jared Crochet et al. (2007). "Quantum Yield Heterogeneities of Aqueous Single-Wall Carbon Nanotube Suspensions". Journal of the American Chemical Society 129 (26): 8058–805. doi:10.1021/ja071553d. PMID 17552526. 
  24. ^ S-Y Ju et al. (2009). "Brightly Fluorescent Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes via an Oxygen-Excluding Surfactant Organization". Science 323 (5919): 1319–1323. Bibcode 2009Sci...323.1319J. doi:10.1126/science.1166265. PMID 19265015. 
  25. ^ T. Okazaki et al. (2006). "Photoluminescence Quenching in Peapod-Derived Double-Walled Carbon Nanotubes". Physical Review B 74 (15): 153404. Bibcode 2006PhRvB..74o3404O. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.74.153404. 
  26. ^ N. Ishigami et al. (2008). "Crystal Plane Dependent Growth of Aligned Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes on Sapphire". Journal of the American Chemical Society 130 (30): 9918–9924. doi:10.1021/ja8024752. PMID 18597459. 
  27. ^ R. B. Weisman and S. M. Bachilo (2003). "Dependence of Optical Transition Energies on Structure for Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes in Aqueous Suspension: An Empirical Kataura Plot". Nano Letters 3 (9): 1235–1238. Bibcode 2003NanoL...3.1235W. doi:10.1021/nl034428i. 
  28. ^ K. Yanagi et al. (2006). "Light-Harvesting Function of β-Carotene Inside Carbon Nanotubes". Physical Review B 74 (15): 155420. Bibcode 2006PhRvB..74o5420Y. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.74.155420. 
  29. ^ K. Yanagi et al. (2007). "Photosensitive Function of Encapsulated Dye in Carbon Nanotubes". Journal of the American Chemical Society 129 (16): 4992–4997. doi:10.1021/ja067351j. PMID 17402730. 
  30. ^ Y. Saito et al. (2006). "Vibrational Analysis of Organic Molecules Encapsulated in Carbon Nanotubes by Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy". Japanese Journal of Applied Physics 45 (12): 9286–9289. Bibcode 2006JaJAP..45.9286S. doi:10.1143/JJAP.45.9286. 
  31. ^ S. J. Pennycook et al. (1980). "Observation of Cathodoluminescence at Single Dislocations by STEM". Philosophical Magazine A 41 (4): 589–600. Bibcode 1980PMagA..41..589P. doi:10.1080/01418618008239335. 
  32. ^ M. Freitag et al. (2004). "Hot Carrier Electroluminescence from a Single Carbon Nanotube". Nano Letters 4 (6): 1063–1066. Bibcode 2004NanoL...4.1063F. doi:10.1021/nl049607u. 
  33. ^ a b c d C. Fantini et al. (2004). "Optical Transition Energies for Carbon Nanotubes from Resonant Raman Spectroscopy: Environment and Temperature Effects". Physical Review Letters 93 (14): 147406. Bibcode 2004PhRvL..93n7406F. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.93.147406. PMID 15524844. 
  34. ^ a b c A. G. Souza Filho et al. (2004). "Stokes and Anti-Stokes Raman Spectra of Small-Diameter Isolated Carbon Nanotubes". Physical Review B 69 (11): 115428. Bibcode 2004PhRvB..69k5428S. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.69.115428. 
  35. ^ H. Kataura et al. (2000). "Bundle Effects of Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes". AIP Conference Proceedings. 544. pp. 262. http://staff.aist.go.jp/h-kataura/IWEPNM00-Kataura.pdf. 
  36. ^ M. Y. Sfeir et al. (2004). "Probing Electronic Transitions in Individual Carbon Nanotubes by Rayleigh Scattering". Science 306 (5701): 1540–1543. Bibcode 2004Sci...306.1540S. doi:10.1126/science.1103294. PMID 15514117. 
  37. ^ Y. Wu et al. (2007). "Variable Electron-Phonon Coupling in Isolated Metallic Carbon Nanotubes Observed by Raman Scattering". Physical Review Letters 99 (2): 027402. Bibcode 2007PhRvL..99b7402W. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.99.027402. PMID 17678258. 
  38. ^ Y. Wang et al. (2004). "Receiving and Transmitting Light-Like Radio Waves: Antenna Effect in Arrays of Aligned Carbon Nanotubes". Applied Physics Letters 85 (13): 2607. Bibcode 2004ApPhL..85.2607W. doi:10.1063/1.1797559. 

External links

The following free-download reviews provide helpful further reading:

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Поможем сделать НИР

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Carbon nanotubes in photovoltaics — Organic photovoltaic devices (OPVs) are fabricated from thin films of organic semiconductors, such as polymers and small molecule compounds, and are typically on the order of 100 nm thick. Because polymer based OPVs can be made using a coating… …   Wikipedia

  • Potential applications of carbon nanotubes — Carbon nanotubes have many potential applications, here is a list of some of the most important:tructural*clothes: waterproof tear resistant cloth fibers *combat jackets: MIT is working on combat jackets that use carbon nanotubes as ultrastrong… …   Wikipedia

  • Timeline of carbon nanotubes — NOTOC Timeline of carbon nanotubes:1952* Radushkevich and Lukyanovich publish a paper in the Russian Journal of Physical Chemistry showing hollow graphitic carbon fibers that are 50.34 nanometers in diameter. [cite journal |… …   Wikipedia

  • Carbon nanotube — Not to be confused with Carbon fiber. Part of a series of articles on Nanomaterials Fullerenes …   Wikipedia

  • Material properties of diamond — This article addresses the material properties of diamond. For a broader discussion of diamonds, see diamond. For other uses of the word diamond, see diamond (disambiguation). Diamond An octahedral diamond crystal in matrix Gener …   Wikipedia

  • Hiromichi Kataura — ) is a Japanese scientist well known for his work on synthesis and characterization of single wall and double wall [ Optical Characterization of Double wall Carbon Nanotubes: Evidence for Inner Tube Shielding [http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp8018414… …   Wikipedia

  • Nanoelectromechanical system — Part of a series of articles on Nanoelectronics Single molecule electronics …   Wikipedia

  • Nanotube nanomotor — A device generating linear or rotational motion using carbon nanotube(s) as the primary component, is termed a nanotube nanomotor. Nature already has some of the most efficient and powerful kinds of nanomotors. Some of these natural biological… …   Wikipedia

  • Phaedon Avouris — (born 1945) is an IBM Fellow and the manager for Nanometer Scale Science and Technology at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. Education and Research InterestsDr. Avouris received his B.Sc. degree at the Aristotle… …   Wikipedia

  • Mathematics and Physical Sciences — ▪ 2003 Introduction Mathematics       Mathematics in 2002 was marked by two discoveries in number theory. The first may have practical implications; the second satisfied a 150 year old curiosity.       Computer scientist Manindra Agrawal of the… …   Universalium

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”