Optical Antenna Effects in Semiconductor Nanowires

Authored by: Jian Wu , Peter C. Eklund

Handbook of Nanophysics

Print publication date:  September  2010
Online publication date:  September  2010

Print ISBN: 9781420075427
eBook ISBN: 9781420075434
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The past two decades have witnessed many rapid advances in the science and technology of submicron-scale solid state objects (Kittel 2005; Rahman 2008). It is now possible to synthesize many forms of electronic and electro-optic grade materials at the nanoscale, such as two-dimensional (2D) quantum wells (Yu and Cardona 2001) and graphene (Hashimoto et al. 2004; Novoselov et al. 2005; Zhang et al. 2005), one-dimensional (1D) single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) (Dresselhaus et al. 2001; O’Connell 2006; Popov et al. 2006) and semiconductor nanowires (SNWs) (Morales and Lieber 1998; Duan and Lieber 2000; Lu and Lieber 2007), and zero-dimensional (0D) quantum dots (Yoffe 1993, 2001, 2002). These nanostructures, to mention a few outstanding examples, provide ideal prototypes to explore the electrical, optical, thermal, and mechanical properties that originate from their dimensionality and scale.

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