Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Self-assembled photonic-plasmonic nanotweezers for directed self-assembly of hybrid nanostructures

Dakota O'Dell, Xavier Serey and David Erickson

We demonstrate a technique for assembling photonic-plasmonic nanotweezers by optically driving the adsorption of multi-walled carbon nanotubes onto a silicon waveguide. The nanotweezers are then used to trap and release individual polystyrene beads. Additionally, we demonstrate the ability to localize the deposition of metallic nanoparticles to the intersection points between multiple carbon nanotubes with the goal of forming more complex hybrid nanostructures.

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