Temperature-Dependent Excitonic Decay and Multiple States in Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes

Wyatt K. Metzger, Timothy J. McDonald, Chaiwat Engtrakul, Jeffrey L. Blackburn, Gregory D. Scholes, Garry Rumbles, Michael J. Heben

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We have performed steady-state photoluminescence, time-correlated single photon counting, and Raman spectroscopy measurements on single-wall carbon nanotubes from 4 to 293 K. We observe novel photoluminescence spectra that cannot be attributed to vibronic transitions and verify the existence and energy levels of weakly emissive excitonic states. By combining photoluminescence intensity and lifetime data, we determine how nonradiative and radiative excitonic decay rates change as a function of temperature and contrast this with theoretical predictions. The results suggest that recombination kinetics are influenced by multiple excitonic states, including a dark lower state.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)3601-3606
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2007

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-520-40464


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