(Invited) Non-Resonant Absorption in Carbon Nanotubes
In contrast, photoluminescence excitation measurements in semi-conducting nanotubes give access to the intrinsic non-resonant absorption contribution between the excitonic resonances. Using a global analysis method, we were able to delineate the contribution of each chiral species including its tiny non-resonant component that shows up as 0.5 eV wide plateaus between the excitonic resonances. By comparison with the recently reported excitonic absorption cross-section on the S22 resonance, we found a universal non-resonant absorption which turns out to be of the order of one half of that of an equivalent graphene sheet. This value as well as the absorption line-shape in the non-resonant window is in excellent agreement with microscopic calculations. This non-resonant absorption cross-section is the same (within our resolution) for all the chiral species we measured in this study.