Near-field optical investigation of Ni clusters inside single-walled carbon nanotubes on the nanometer scale

20 Sep 2018  ·  Németh Gergely, Datz Dániel, Pekker Áron, Saito Takeshi, Domanov Oleg, Shiozawa Hidetsugu, Lenk Sándor, Pécz Béla, Koppa Pál, Kamarás Katalin ·

We used scattering-type scanning near-field optical microscopy (s-SNOM) to characterize nickel nanoclusters grown inside single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT). The nanotubes were filled with Ni(II) acetylacetonate and the molecules were transformed into nickel clusters via annealing... The metal clusters give high local contrast enhancement in near-field phase maps caused by the excitation of free charge carriers. The near-field contrast was simulated using the finite dipole model, approximating the clusters with elliptical nanoparticles. Compared to magnetic force microscopy, s-SNOM appears much more sensitive to localize metal clusters inside carbon nanotubes. We estimate the detection threshold to be ~600 Ni atoms. read more

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Mesoscale and Nanoscale Physics