Electron transport in semiconducting carbon nanotubes with hetero-metallic contacts

Yongqiang Xue*, Mark A. Ratner

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We present an atomistic self-consistent study of the electronic and transport properties of semiconducting carbon nanotubes in contact with metal electrodes of different work functions, which shows simultaneous electron and hole doping inside the nanotube junction through contact-induced charge transfer. We find that the band lineup in the nanotube bulk region is determined by the effective work function difference between the nanotube channel and source/drain electrodes, while electron transmission through the SWNT junction is affected by the local band structure modulation at the two metal-nanotube interfaces, leading to an effective decoupling of interface and bulk effects in electron transport through nanotube junction devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-9
Number of pages5
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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