Electronic structure and chemical nature of oxygen dopant states in carbon nanotubes

Xuedan Ma, Lyudmyla Adamska, Hisato Yamaguchi, Sibel Ebru Yalcin, Sergei Tretiak, Stephen K. Doorn, Han Htoon

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We performed low temperature photoluminescence (PL) studies on individual oxygen-doped single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and correlated our observations to electronic structure simulations. Our experiment reveals multiple sharp asymmetric emission peaks at energies 50-300 meV red-shifted from that of the E11 bright exciton peak. Our simulation suggests an association of these peaks with deep trap states tied to different specific chemical adducts. In addition, oxygen doping is also observed to split the E11 exciton into two or more states with an energy splitting <40 meV. We attribute these states to dark states that are brightened through defect-induced symmetry breaking. While the wave functions of these brightened states are delocalized, those of the deep-trap states are strongly localized and pinned to the dopants. These findings are consistent with our experimental observation of asymmetric broadening of the deep trap emission peaks, which can result from interaction between pinned excitons and one-dimensional phonons. Exciton pinning also increases the sensitivity of the deep traps to the local dielectric environment, leading to a large inhomogeneous broadening. Observations of multiple spectral features on single nanotubes indicate the possibility of different chemical adducts coexisting on a given nanotube.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10782-10789
Number of pages8
JournalACS Nano
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • carbon nanotubes
  • electronic structure
  • exciton localization
  • oxygen doping
  • photoluminescence


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