Coherent Phonons in Metallic Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes


Keiko Kato, Katsuya Oguri, and Tetsuomi Sogawa
Optical Science Laboratory

 Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) become either metallic or semiconducting depending on their structure (i.e., chirality). Metallic SWCNTs exhibit ballistic transport due to their quasi-one-dimensional structure. However, electron scattering by optical phonons sets the ultimate limit for high field ballistic transport. To employ metallic SWCNTs as future electronic devices, we must understand the phonon to allow us quantify the interaction between carriers and phonons. Ultrashort laser pulses, whose pulse duration is shorter than the lattice vibration period, make it possible to achieve the real-time observation of lattice oscillation, that is, coherent phonons. Most SWCNTs contain a broad distribution of chiralities. Thus, it is difficult to obtain detailed information or control SWCNTs with a specific chirality because SWCNTs with different chiralities are excited simultaneously in a mixed sample. By using a separation scheme [1], we are able to report ultrafast carrier and coherent phonon dynamics in metallic SWCNTs [2].
 Time-resolved reflectivity was measured with a sub-10-fs laser pulse, whose wavelength was centered on 780 nm. Figure 1 shows the time-resolved reflectivity of metallic SWCNTs. At a zero delay-time, a sharp response originating from the excitation of free carriers appears and decays within 30 fs through carrier-carrier scattering. Then, an oscillatory signal, induced with coherent phonons, follows the carrier response (inset in Fig. 1). A Fourier transform analysis reveals that the oscillation originates from coherent phonons of (i) the radial breathing mode, (iii) the G mode, and (ii) even the D mode, which originates from defects in SWCNTs (Fig. 2). The G mode consists of several peaks corresponding to the transverse and longitudinal optical phonon modes for the peaks with the higher and lower frequencies, respectively. The longitudinal phonon exhibits an asymmetric shape due to the interaction between coherent phonons and free carriers. With the separation of metallic SWCNTs from the mixed sample, we identified ultrafast dynamics of free carriers and the electron-phonon coupling.
 This work was partly supported by KAKENHI.

[1] K. Yanagi et al., Appl. Phys. Express 1 (2008) 034003.
[2] K. Kato et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 97 (2010) 121910.

Fig. 1. Time-resolved reflectivity of metallic
SWCNTs. Inset shows enlarged graph.
Fig. 2. Fourier power spectrum of time-resolved
reflectivity in metallic SWCNTs. Inset shows
enlarged graph for D and G modes.

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