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Probing the electronic structure of carbon nanotubes by nanoscale spectroscopy

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Abstract

Among the carbon allotropes newly discovered during the last few decades, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have attracted enormous attention due to their structural and electronic properties with strong one dimensional character. The physical and chemical features of such systems are intrinsically rich and complex, and can only be probed by using multiple experimental and theoretical techniques. In this feature, we focus on the structural and electronic properties of CNTs that can be accessed by using transmission electron energy loss spectroscopies. The latter are complementary to optical and X-ray absorption techniques, yet allow to obtain the electronic structure with nanoscale spatial resolution. An improved understanding of the structure-electronic properties relationship of these unique 1D systems would represent a fundamental advance, and holds the promise of using CNTs in future applications.

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Submitted
11 Feb 2010
Accepted
06 Apr 2010
First published
14 Jun 2010

Nanoscale, 2010,2, 1611-1625
Article type
Feature Article

Probing the electronic structure of carbon nanotubes by nanoscale spectroscopy

P. Castrucci, M. Scarselli, M. De Crescenzi, M. A. El Khakani and F. Rosei, Nanoscale, 2010, 2, 1611
DOI: 10.1039/C0NR00111B

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