Selective optical switching of interface-coupled relaxation dynamics in carbon nanotube-Si heterojunctions

Stefano Ponzoni, Gianluca Galimberti, L. Sangaletti, Paola Castrucci, Silvano Del Gobbo, Maurizio Morbidoni, Manuela A. Scarselli, Stefania Pagliara

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By properly tuning the photon energy of a femtosecond laser pump, we disentangle, in carbon nanotube-Si (CNT/Si) heterojunctions, the fast relaxation dynamics occurring in CNT from the slow repopulation dynamics due to hole charge transfer at the junction. In this way we are able to track the transfer of the photogenerated holes from the Si depletion layer to the CNT layer, under the action of the built-in heterojunction potential. This also clarifies that CNT play an active role in the junction and do not act only as channels for charge collection and transport.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24110-24116
Number of pages7
JournalThe Journal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number41
StatePublished - Oct 6 2014

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: S.Pa., L.S., and S.P. thank the MIUR for supporting this work under Contract PRIN 2010BNZ3F2. S.Pa. acknowledges partial support from D.2.2 grants of the UCSC.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • General Energy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


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