Electron energy-loss spectra of single-shell carbon nanotubes

Ryuichi Kuzuo, Masami Terauchi, Michiyoshi Tanaka, Yahachi Saito

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Transmission electron energy-loss spectra of single-shell carbon nanotubes were measured and compared with those of multishell carbon nanotubes and graphite. Two peaks due to the 7r plasmon and the π + σ plasmon were observed at 5.8 eV and 20.6 eV, respectively. The energy of the 7r plasmon takes a value between those of two kinds of multishell tubes. The energy of the π + σ plasmon is lower than those of multishell tubes and graphite by 2 eV and 6 eV, respectively. The 1s→ π* and 1s→ σ* transition peaks of the single-shell tubes are much broader than those of the multishell tubes and graphite. The reason for the broadening may be due to the strong curving of the graphitic sheets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L1316-L1319
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1994 Sept


  • Bulk plasmon
  • Carbon nanotube
  • EELS
  • Fullerene
  • Interband transition
  • Single-shell tube


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