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Anderson, Neil; Hartschuh, Achim and Novotny, Lukas (2007): Chirality Changes in Carbon Nanotubes Studied with Near-Field Raman Spectroscopy. In: Nano Letters, Vol. 7, No. 3: pp. 577-582 [PDF, 255kB]


We report on the direct visualization of chirality changes in carbon nanotubes by mapping local changes in resonant RBM phonon frequencies with an optical resolution of 40 nm using near-field Raman spectroscopy. We observe the transition from semiconducting-to-metal and metal-to-metal chiralities at the single nanotube level. Our experimental findings, based on detecting changes in resonant RBM frequencies, are complemented by measuring changes in the G-band frequency and line shape. In addition, we observe increased Raman scattering due to local defects associated with the structural transition. From our results, we determine the spatial extent of the transition region to be Ltrans 40−100 nm.

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