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Georgi, Carsten; Green, Alexander A.; Hersam, Mark C.; Hartschuh, Achim (2010): Probing Exciton Localization in Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Using High-Resolution Near-Field Microscopy. In: ACS Nano, Vol. 4, No. 10: pp. 5914-5920


We observe localization of excitons in semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes at room temperature using high-resolution near-field photoluminescence (PL) microscopy. Localization is the result of spatially confined exciton energy minima with depths of more than 15 meV connected to lateral energy gradients exceeding 2 meV/nm as evidenced by energy-resolved PL imaging. Simulations of exciton diffusion in the presence of energy variations support this interpretation predicting strongly enhanced PL at local energy minima.