R. G. Herb Condensed Matter Seminars

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Measurement of resistance induced by a single potassium atom on chiral-angle known nanotubes: understanding the impact of a model scatterer for nanoscale sensors
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Place: 5310 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Prof. Masa Ishigami, U. Central Florida
Abstract: Even atomic impurities are expected to impact device properties of carbon nanotubes. Such sensitivity makes them ultimately useful for sensor technologies. Rational design for nanotube-based sensors requires precise understanding of how impurities impact transport properties of nanotubes. Such impurity-induced carrier scattering is expected to be dependent on the chirality of nanotubes and the nature of scattering potentials imposed by impurities. Yet until our recent measurements, it has been impossible to measure the impact of impurities on resistance of carbon nanotubes with known chirality. We have developed arrays of experimental techniques to control experiments down to atomic scale to measure the scattering strength of charged impurities on semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes with known chirality. The resistivity of nanotubes is measured as a function of the density of adsorbed potassium atoms, enabling the determination of the resistance added by an individual potassium atom. Holes are scattered 37 times more efficiently than electrons by an adsorbed potassium atom. The determined scattering strength is used to reveal the spatial extent and depth of the scattering potential for potassium, a model Coulomb adsorbate, paving way for rational design of nanotube-based sensors.
Host: Robert McDermott
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