Photophysics of carbon nanotubes and nanotube composites
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Chemical Physics (2013)Photophysics of carbon nanotubes and nanotube composites.

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) can be thought of as graphene sheets rolled-up into cylinders of one to a few nanometers in diameter and up to hundreds of microns in length 1. Extensive work carried out in recent years, in particular on single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs), has revealed intriguing physical properties of these molecular scale wires. At present, CNTs have been successfully integrated into miniaturized electronic, electromechanical, and chemical devices, scanning probes, and into nanocomposite materials 1, 2. Over the past few years, optical nanomaterials research has also uncovered intriguing optical attributes of their physical properties, lending themselves to a variety of device applications 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. At the same time, carbon nanotubes offer an ideal testing ground for the investigation of one-dimensional nanosystems at the crossroads of molecular chemistry and condensed matter physics.
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