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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 1 — Jan. 9, 2006
  • pp: 424–429

Optical trapping and transportation of carbon nanotubes made easy by decorating with palladium

Manas Khan, A. K. Sood, S. K. Mohanty, P. K. Gupta, Girish V. Arabale, K. Vijaymohanan, and C.N.R. Rao  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 1, pp. 424-429 (2006)

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Individual carbon nanotubes being substantially smaller than the wavelength of light, are not much responsive to optical manipulation. Here we demonstrate how decorating single-walled carbon nanotubes with palladium particles makes optical trapping and manipulation easier. Palladium decorated nanotubes (Pd/SWNTs) have higher effective dielectric constant and are trapped at much lower laser power level with greater ease. In addition, we report the transportation of Pd/SWNTs using an asymmetric line trap. Using this method carbon nanotubes can be transported in any desired direction with high transportation speed.

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(120.4610) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical fabrication
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping

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Manas Khan, A. K. Sood, S. K. Mohanty, P. K. Gupta, Girish V. Arabale, K. Vijaymohanan, and C. N. R. Rao, "Optical trapping and transportation of carbon nanotubes made easy by decorating with palladium," Opt. Express 14, 424-429 (2006)

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