Magnetotransport in type-enriched single-wall carbon nanotube networks
Single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) exhibit a wide range of physical phenomena depending on their chirality. Nanotube networks typically contain a broad mixture of chiralities, which prevents an in-depth understanding of SWCNT ensemble properties. In particular, electronic-type mixing (the simultaneous presence of semiconductor and metallic nanotubes) in SWCNT networks remains the single largest hurdle to developing a comprehensive view of ensemble nanotube electrical transport, a critical step toward their use in optoelectronics. Here, we systematically study temperature-dependent magnetoconductivity (MC) in networks of highly enriched semiconductor and metal SWCNT films. In the semiconductor-enriched network, we observe two-dimensional variable-range hopping conduction from 5 to 290 K. Low-temperature MC measurements reveal a large, negative MC from which we determine the wave-function localization length and Fermi energy density of states. In contrast, the metal-enriched film exhibits positive MC that increases with decreasing temperature, a behavior attributed to two-dimensional weak localization. Using this model, we determine the details of the carrier phase coherence and fit the temperature-dependent conductivity. These extensive measurements on type-enriched SWCNT networks provide insights that pave the way for the use of SWCNTs in solid-state devices.
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