Ethan Davis Minot

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We show that the band structure of a carbon nanotube (NT) can be dramatically altered by mechanical strain. We employ an atomic force microscope tip to simultaneously vary the NT strain and to electrostatically gate the tube. We show that strain can open a band gap in a metallic NT and modify the band gap in a semiconducting NT. Theoretical work predicts(More)
The remarkable transport properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are determined by their unusual electronic structure. The electronic states of a carbon nanotube form one-dimensional electron and hole sub-bands, which, in general, are separated by an energy gap. States near the energy gap are predicted to have an orbital magnetic moment, mu(orb), that is much(More)
We report reproducible fabrication of InP-InAsP nanowire light-emitting diodes in which electron-hole recombination is restricted to a quantum-dot-sized InAsP section. The nanowire geometry naturally self-aligns the quantum dot with the n-InP and p-InP ends of the wire, making these devices promising candidates for electrically driven quantum optics(More)
Carbon nanotube transistors have outstanding potential for electronic detection of biomolecules in solution. The physical mechanism underlying sensing however remains controversial, which hampers full exploitation of these promising nanosensors. Previously suggested mechanisms are electrostatic gating, changes in gate coupling, carrier mobility changes, and(More)
Carbon nanotube adhesion force measurements were performed on single-walled nanotubes grown over lithographically defined trenches. An applied vertical force from an atomic force microscope (AFM), in force distance mode, caused the tubes to slip across the 250-nm-wide silicon dioxide trench tops at an axial tension of 8 nN. The nanotubes slipped at an axial(More)
Carbon nanotube transistors show tremendous potential for electronic detection of biomolecules in solution. However, the nature and magnitude of the sensing signal upon molecular adsorption have so far remained controversial. Here, the authors show that the choice of the reference electrode is critical and resolves much of the previous controversy. The(More)
We have performed scanning photocurrent microscopy measurements of field-effect transistors (FETs) made from individual ultraclean suspended carbon nanotubes (CNTs). We investigate the spatial-dependence, polarization-dependence, and gate-dependence of photocurrent and photovoltage in this system. While previous studies of surface-bound CNT FET devices have(More)
THz imaging and spectroscopy using broadband THz pulses map out the THz carrier dynamics of a large-area graphene-on-Si sample, showing that the local sheet-conductivity varies across the sample from &#x03C3;<inf>s</inf>, &#x003D; 1.7&#x00D7;10<sup>&#x2212;3</sup> to 2.4&#x00D7;10<sup>&#x2212;3</sup> &#x03A9;<sup>&#x2212;1</sup>.
We report the fabrication of carbon nanotube field-effect transistors for biosensing applications and the development of protocols for reliable protein and DNA sensing. The sensing method we employ is 'label free', relying only on the intrinsic charge of the biological molecule of interest. We discuss fabrication issues that we have solved, for example the(More)