Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes. Ultrafast Optics and Relaxation Dynamics

  • ID: 2330933
  • Book
  • 360 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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A better understanding of the ultrafast relaxation dynamics of excited carriers is crucial for designing and engineering novel carbon–based optoelectronic devices. This book introduces the reader to the ultrafast nanoworld of graphene and carbon nanotubes including their unique properties and future perspectives. The authors review the recent progress in this field by combining theoretical and experimental achievements on microscopic processes in carbon nanostructures. The opening part provides the theoretical framework for the characterization of nanomaterials. Recent experimental breakthroughs as well as techniques on pump–probe spectroscopy accessing the ultrafast carrier relaxation are reviewed within a guest contribution by Stephan Winnerl. The main part is devoted to electronic properties of grapheme and nanotubes. Here, ultrafast Coulomb– and phonon–induced relaxation dynamics is discussed. The second part deals with optical properties focusing on absorption spectra of semiconducting, metallic, and functionalized nanotubes.

This volume offers a clear theoretical foundation, which is based on microscopic equations derived within an in–depth appendix including the formalism of second quantization as well as mean–field and many–particle correlation effects. By combining both theory and experiment and presenting a review of recent achievements in the field of optics and relaxation dynamics, the book addresses a broad audience from graduate students to researchers in physics, materials science, and electrical engineering.

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1. Introduction –

The Carbon Age

2. Theoretical Framework

3. Experimental techniques for the Study of Ultrafast Nonequilibrium Carrier Dynamics in Graphene

Part One: Electronic Properties –

Carrier Relaxation Dynamics

4. Relaxation dynamics in graphene

5. Carrier Dynamics in Carbon Nanotubes

Part Two: Optical Properties –

Absorption Spectra

6. Absorption Spectra of Carbon Nanotubes

7. Absorption Spectrum of Graphene

A Introduction to the Appendices

B Observables in Optical Experiments

C Second Quantization

D Equations of Motion

E Mean–Field and Correlation Effects
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Ermin Malic
Andreas Knorr
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