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EPSRC Reference: GR/S97583/01
Title: X-ray Propagation in Carbon Nanotubes: Proof of Concept
Principal Investigator: Childs, Dr P
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Department: Electronic, Electrical and Computer Eng
Organisation: University of Birmingham
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 January 2005 Ends: 30 June 2006 Value (£): 87,924
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Electronic Devices & Subsys. Materials Processing
Materials Synthesis & Growth
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Electronics
Related Grants:
GR/S97590/01 GR/S97606/01
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The aim of this research project Is to demonstrate experimentally soft x-ray confinement and propagation within carbon nanotubes. We have shown through simulation that, when coated with various materials, carbon nanotubes can act as soft x-ray waveguides and support modes of propagation in an analogous way to fibre optics, providing the radiation enters the tube at glancing angle incidence to the axis of the tube. Electromagnetic waveguides have found extensive applications at frequencies ranging from the microwave part of the spectrum through to the visible. At even shorter wavelengths, of the order of nanometers, guided soft x-rays have potential applications in areas such as lithography and proximity microscopy. The nanotubes will be grown at Cambridge University on the surface of thin silicon and silicon nitride membranes. After coating and further fabrication stages, the feasibility of soft x-ray transmission will be made through measurements taken at the Daresbury Synchrotron Radiation Source to. If successful, a follow-up study will be undertaken to establish exploitation routes for the waveguides.
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