Exciton transfer and propagation in carbon nanotubes studied by near-field optical microscopy

Huihong Qian, Carsten Georgi, Neil Anderson, Alexander A. Green, Mark C. Hersam, Lukas Novotny, Achim Hartschuh

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We studied transfer and propagation of excitons in single semiconducting carbon nanotubes using high resolution tip-enhanced near-field photoluminescence microscopy. Exciton energy transfer is found to occur from a larger band gap nanotube to a smaller band gap nanotube. Efficient transfer however is found to be limited to a few nanometers because of competing fast non-radiative relaxation and can be explained in terms of electromagnetic near-field coupling. Towards the end of a nanotube, photoluminescence decay is observed on a length scale of 50-90 nm which is attributed to exciton propagation followed by additional non-radiative relaxation at the nanotube end.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2243-2246
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica Status Solidi (B) Basic Research
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2008
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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