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Carbon Nanomaterials for Nanoelectronics and Optical Applications

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Carbon-based nanomaterials have been actively applied to a diverse array of space-based applications in electronics and optics at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In the area of nano-electromechanical-systems (NEMS), we describe the implementation of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and carbon nanofibers (CNFs) to dc nanorelays, as well as for AC resonator applications, which are under consideration for extreme environment electronics. We have also implemented single-walled nanotubes (SWNTs) to physical sensing, specifically for forming miniaturized pressure sensors for vacuum micro-cavity applications, where the mechanism of operation in such sensors relies on the thermal conductivity principle. Finally, we have also initiated an effort to apply arrays of vertically oriented CNTs for optical applications, specifically as broad-band optical absorbers, potentially for calibration targets. In this paper, we provide an overview of the recent results in the three application areas of carbon nanomaterials.
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Document Type: Short Communication

Publication date: June 1, 2010

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  • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters (NNL) is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal consolidating nanoscale research activities in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine into a single and unique reference source. NNL provides the means for scientists, engineers, medical experts and technocrats to publish original short research articles as communications/letters of important new scientific and technological findings, encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of the physical sciences, engineering and medicine.
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