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Dielectric Constants of Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes from Direct Current to Microwave Frequencies

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A cylindrical rod constructed from a uniform mixture of multiwall carbon nanotubes and alumina powders dissolved in paraffin was inserted in the center of a radio frequency cavity. The real and imaginary dielectric constants of carbon tubes at various frequencies were measured, respectively, from the resonant frequencies and the quality factors, by a resistance-inductance-cacitance (RLC) meter and a microwave network analyzer. The dielectric rod benefits the protection of the sample from adsorbing moisture and preventing the rod from filling with air, thus making accurate measurments. A tunable probe specifically designed for the field pattern of a TM010 mode is delineated to improve the microwave coupling of the dielectric microwave resonator. This refined design is expected to facilitate the measurement yielding a significant manner. The real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant of carbon nanotubes increase and decrease, respectively as frequencies increase satisfactorily in complying with the description from the free electron Drude model.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2009-03-01

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