Visible iridescence from self-assembled periodic rippling in vertically aligned carbon nanotube forests

Vinten, Phillip; Lefebvre, Jacques; Finnie, Paul
September 2010
Applied Physics Letters;9/6/2010, Vol. 97 Issue 10, p101901
Academic Journal
We observe iridescence in the form of spectrally dispersed white light reflected from the structured sidewalls of vertically aligned carbon nanotube forests. The iridescence is a result of diffraction from a self-assembled periodic rippling pattern on the forest sidewalls that acts as a reflection grating. We measure the grating spacing via white light and laser diffraction experiments and see good agreement with the spacing of the rippling pattern as measured via scanning electron microscopy. The periodic rippling pattern self-assembles during chemical vapor deposition growth of the forests.


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