We show that the photoluminescence intensity and decay dynamics of semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotube films can be remotely controlled by surface acoustic waves (SAW) launched on the piezoelectric substrate LiNbO 3. Time-resolved measurements in the picosecond regime reveal that photoluminescence quenching results from a decrease of the radiative recombination rate by up to 25% for the accessible SAW amplitudes. The SAW-induced piezoelectric field acts as a quasi-static perturbation that polarizes the luminescent exciton state reducing the oscillator strength of the radiative transition following a quadratic field dependence. Surface acoustic waves could be used for the remote and contact-free electrical control of high-speed electronic and optoelectronic nanotube-based devices.
- Exciton decay dynamics
- Single-walled carbon nanotubes
- Surface acoustic waves
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry