Thermoacoustic Emission from Carbon Nanotubes Imaged by Atomic Force Microscopy

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  • Daniele Passeri,

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    1. Department of Basic and Applied Sciences for Engineering, University of Rome Sapienza, Via A. Scarpa 16, 00161 Rome, Italy
    • Department of Basic and Applied Sciences for Engineering, University of Rome Sapienza, Via A. Scarpa 16, 00161 Rome, Italy.
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  • Ugo Sassi,

    1. Department of Basic and Applied Sciences for Engineering, University of Rome Sapienza, Via A. Scarpa 16, 00161 Rome, Italy
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  • Andrea Bettucci,

    1. Department of Basic and Applied Sciences for Engineering, University of Rome Sapienza, Via A. Scarpa 16, 00161 Rome, Italy
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  • Emanuela Tamburri,

    1. Department of Chemical Sciences and Technologies, University of Rome Tor Vergata and Micro and Nano-structured Systems, Laboratory (MINASlab), Via della Ricerca Scientifica, 00133 Rome, Italy
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  • Francesco Toschi,

    1. Department of Chemical Sciences and Technologies, University of Rome Tor Vergata and Micro and Nano-structured Systems, Laboratory (MINASlab), Via della Ricerca Scientifica, 00133 Rome, Italy
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  • Silvia Orlanducci,

    1. Department of Chemical Sciences and Technologies, University of Rome Tor Vergata and Micro and Nano-structured Systems, Laboratory (MINASlab), Via della Ricerca Scientifica, 00133 Rome, Italy
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  • Maria Letizia Terranova,

    1. Department of Chemical Sciences and Technologies, University of Rome Tor Vergata and Micro and Nano-structured Systems, Laboratory (MINASlab), Via della Ricerca Scientifica, 00133 Rome, Italy
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  • Marco Rossi

    1. Department of Basic and Applied Sciences for Engineering, University of Rome Sapienza, Via A. Scarpa 16, 00161 Rome, Italy
    2. Centro di Ricerca per le Nanotecnologie Applicate all'Ingegneria (CNIS), Piazzale A. Moro 5, 00185 Rome, Italy
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Abstract

The thermoacoustic effect of isolated single-wall carbon nanotubes aligned between electrodes is experimentally observed for the first time by imaging the emitted acoustic wave using an atomic force microscopy-based technique specifically developed for the task. The capability of such a technique for single-point thermoacoustic measurements is first verified on carbon nanotubes layers with two electrodes for injecting alternate electric current. The technique is then demonstrated to allow the acquisition, simultaneously with the topography, of images reflecting the pressure of the acoustic wave at fixed distance from the sample. Such a capability is used to collect images reflecting the amplitude of acoustic waves generated by isolated nanotubes and nanotube bundles by the thermoacoustic effect.

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