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29 September 2006 The complex optical response of arrays of aligned multiwalled carbon nanotubes
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The optical properties of periodic and nonperiodic arrays of aligned multiwalled carbon nanotubes are presented. Experimental analysis indicates a complex optical response that is attributed to both the individual carbon nanotube scatterers and also to the array ensembles. These studies indicate that by controlling the geometry and spacing of the arrays, it is possible to create structures that respond very strongly to specific wavelengths or bands of wavelengths. Structures such as these may form the basis for numerous applications in energy conversion. This would include highly efficient solar energy conversion as well as sensitive, finely tuned detectors that can respond to predetermined wavelength bands ranging from the ultraviolet to the infrared region. Experimental, theoretical and modeled results are discussed as they apply to these applications. Challenges and issues are discussed.
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Keith Gregorczyk, Brian Kimball, Joel B. Carlson, Asher Pembroke, Krzysztof Kempa, Zhifeng Ren, Chandra Yelleswarapu, Thomas Kempa, Glynda Benham, Y. Wang, Wenzhi Li, A. Herczynski, Jacob Rybczynski, and D. V. G. L. N. Rao "The complex optical response of arrays of aligned multiwalled carbon nanotubes", Proc. SPIE 6321, Nanophotonic Materials III, 63210G (29 September 2006);

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