Type: 
SSO Seminar
Date-Time: 
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 16:00
Location: 
Weniger 304
Event Speaker: 
Ethan Minot
Local Contact: 
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Abstract: 

Low-dimensional semiconductors such as quantum dots and quantum wires can be used to enhance the efficiency of photocurrent generation in solar cells. For example, a carbon nanotube (CNT) photodiode can generate multiple electron-hole pairs from a single high-energy photon. We have recently built a scanning photocurrent microscope capable of probing CNT photodiodes with high spatial and spectral resolution. I will present our prelminary measurements of CNT and graphene photodiodes and discuss the remarkable optoelectronic properties of CNTs that will be the focus of future experiments.