Optical absorption of graphite and single-wall carbon nanotubes

R. Saito, A. Grüneis, G. G. Samsonidze, G. Dresselhaus, M. S. Dresselhaus, A. Jorio, L. G. Cançado, M. A. Pimenta, A. G.Souza Filho

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A review of the electronic dipole transitions in graphite and single-wall carbon nanotubes is presented. Because of its singular electronic structure, the optical absorption matrix element as a function of wave vector has a node in the two-dimensional Brillouin zone of graphite, which depends linearly on the optical polarization direction. In the case of the single-wall carbon nanotubes, the dipole selection rule and the van Hove singularity in the joint density of states will give a characteristic behavior, which is observed by luminescence and resonance Raman spectroscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1099-1105
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2004 May

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)


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