Electron energy-loss spectra of single double-walled carbon nanotubes (DWCNTs) were compared with calculated joint density of states (jDOSs) obtained by a simple tight-binding (STB) and an extended tight-binding (ETB) method. From the comparisons, interband transition energies of ETB calculations show better agreement with peak positions of the experimental spectra than those of STB results. From a further comparison among calculated jDOS, real and imaginary parts of a dielectric function and a loss function Im[-1/ε], it was confirmed that the peak energies in a spectrum of single DWCNTs are almost equal to those of the optical absorption spectrum ε2.
- Carbon nanotubes
- Electron energy-loss spectroscopy
- Extended tight-binding calculation