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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 17 — Aug. 20, 2007
  • pp: 10947–10957

First-principles study: size-dependent optical properties for semiconducting silicon carbide nanotubes

S.-P. Huang, D.-S. Wu, J.-M. Hu, H. Zhang, Z. Xie, H. Hu, and W.-D. Cheng  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 17, pp. 10947-10957 (2007)

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Using first-principles calculations, we investigate the effect of tube size on optical properties of the zigzag, armchair, and chiral SiC nanotubes. The results indicate that the optical spectra of SiC nanotubes are dependent on the diameter and chirality, and that optical anisotropy is observed for different light polarizations. For a given chirality of SiCNTs, redshifts or blueshifts of the peaks in the dielectric function and energy loss function with increasing tube diameter are possible due to the competition between the size effect and π orbitals overlapping, and the shifts become smaller as the tube diameter increases. The unusual optical properties of semiconducting SiC nanotubes present an opportunity for applications in electro-optical devices.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.4760) Materials : Optical properties
(300.6470) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, semiconductors

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Original Manuscript: May 9, 2007
Revised Manuscript: June 21, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: August 13, 2007
Published: August 16, 2007

S. P. Huang, D. S. Wu, J. M. Hu, H. Zhang, Z. Xie, H. Hu, and W. D. Cheng, "First-principles study: size-dependent optical properties for semiconducting silicon carbide nanotubes," Opt. Express 15, 10947-10957 (2007)

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