Nanoscale color sensors made on semiconducting multi-wall carbon nanotubes


Sub-micron color sensors are developed, using carbon nanotubes (CNTs). The color sensor consists of an array of two photodiodes with different spectral responses, fabricated using controlled electric peeling-off and doping-free techniques on a single semiconducting double-wall CNT. The CNT photodiodes exhibit intrinsic broad spectral responses from 640 to 2,100 nm, large linear dynamic ranges of over 60 dB, and sub-micron pixel size. This method explores the unique properties of multi-wall CNTs, and may be readily used for large-scale fabrication of high performance color sensor arrays, when arrays of parallel multi-wall CNTs become available.

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Wei, N., Huang, H., Liu, Y. et al. Nanoscale color sensors made on semiconducting multi-wall carbon nanotubes. Nano Res. 9, 1470–1479 (2016).

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