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.
- carbon nanotubes
- nonlinear optics
- polymer composites
Hasan, T., Sun, Z., Wang, F., Bonaccorso, F., Tan, P. H., Rozhin, A., & Ferrari, A. C. (2009). Nanotube-polymer composites for ultrafast photonics. Advanced Materials, 21(38-39), 3874-3899. https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.200901122