We have studied the nanoscale luminescence from a multiwalled carbon nanotube (CNT) adsorbed on Au(111) using a scanning tunneling microscope (STM). STM images revealed that a number of isolated chains of CNTs can be deposited by dry contact transfer while keeping the surface clean. By injecting tunneling electrons from the STM tip to the CNT, we observed STM light emission (STM-LE) from the CNT in the visible-light range, showing electronic transitions between the bands associated with the van Hove singularity in the density of states of the CNT. The STM-LE spectrum was obviously changed after introducing the local defect created by the STM tip, indicating the controllability of the nanoscale luminescence within a single chain of a CNT.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)