Nanotube-polymer composites for ultrafast photonics

Tawfique Hasan, Zhipei Sun, Fengqiu Wang, Francesco Bonaccorso, Ping Heng Tan, Aleksey Rozhin, Andrea C. Ferrari

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Polymer composites are one of the most attractive near-term means to exploit the unique properties of carbon nanotubes and graphene. This is particularly true for composites aimed at electronics and photonics, where a number of promising applications have already been demonstrated. One such example is nanotube-based saturable absorbers. These can be used as all-optical switches, optical amplifier noise suppressors, or mode-lockers to generate ultrashort laser pulses. Here, we review various aspects of fabrication, characterization, device implementation and operation of nanotube-polymer composites to be used in photonic applications. We also summarize recent results on graphene-based saturable absorbers for ultrafast lasers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3874-3899
Number of pages26
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number38-39
Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2009


  • carbon nanotubes
  • lasing
  • nonlinear optics
  • photonics
  • polymer composites


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