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An. Acad. Bras. Ciênc. vol.78 no.3 Rio de Janeiro Sept. 2006 



Resonance Raman spectroscopy in one-dimensional carbon materials



Mildred S. DresselhausI; Ado JorioII; Marcos A. PimentaII

IMassachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307, USA
IIDepartamento de Física, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Avenida Antonio Carlos, 6627, 30123-970 Belo Horizonte, MG, Brasil




Brazil has played an important role in the development and use of resonance Raman spectroscopy as a powerful characterization tool for materials science. Here we present a short history of Raman scattering research in Brazil, highlighting the important contributions to the field coming from Brazilian researchers in the past. Next we discuss recent and important contributions where Brazil has become a worldwide leader, that is on the physics of quasi-one dimensional carbon nanotubes. We conclude this article by presenting results from a very recent resonance Raman study of exciting new materials, that are strictly one-dimensional carbon chains formed by the heat treatment of very pure double-wall carbon nanotube samples.

Keywords: resonance Raman spectroscopy, carbon nanotubes, one-dimensional materials, carbon chains.


O Brasil desempenhou um papel importante no desenvolvimento e no uso da espectroscopia Raman como uma ferramenta poderosa na ciência dos materiais. Apresentaremos aqui uma breve história da pesquisa sobre espalhamento Raman no Brasil, enfatizando as contribuições importantes neste campo realizadas por pesquisadores brasileiros no passado. Em seguida, discutiremos contribuições recentes e importantes onde o Brasil se tornou um líder mundial, ou seja na física dos sistemas unidimensionais chamados nanotubos de carbono. Concluímos este artigo apresentando resultados de um estudo muito recente de um novo material que são cadeias de carbono estritamente unidimensionais formadas pelo tratamento térmico de amostras muito puras de nanotubos de carbono de duas camadas.

Palavras-chave: Espectroscopia Raman, nanotubos de carbono, materiais unidimensionais, cadeias de carbono.




This article is devoted to the important contributions given by Brazilians to one research subfield of Condensed Matter Physics, that of Raman spectroscopy. The Brazilians in the past have an impressive historical record for important contributions to Raman Spectroscopy. Their leadership in the field has benefited Brazilian Science overall by giving excellent training to young people and giving them a vision that they can contribute importantly to world science much more broadly. This tradition of leadership continues to the present.

An important contribution Brazilians have recently made is to recognize how Raman scattering could become a useful tool for nanoscience, even though the wavelength of light is much larger than the nanometer scale. In 1998, it was shown that Raman spectroscopy can investigate metallic and semiconducting SWNTs independently. In 2001, it was shown that single nanotube spectroscopy could be done, and this technique provided new information not previously available, like the structural identification of individual tubes, thereby allowing investigation of many materials properties, not previously accessible. Later, the Brazilians showed how nanostructures can be probed in a new way by making studies with many laser lines. Others may have also had this capability, but they did not develop this approach into a form where interesting three-dimensional maps highlighting important physical effects could be made. With this tunable laser system many findings were made that could not have been observed before, and these findings have had a lot of impact. Researchers worldwide have now started to pay attention to this way of doing Raman characterization of materials.

Nowadays Brazil is the place where they have the experimental know-how and the vision of important physics problems awaiting solution in the area of carbon nanotube photophysics. Here we first revisit the past, giving a few examples of how this structure and scientific atmosphere was built. Next we briefly list some of the recent contributions from Brazilians to nanoscience.



This section gives some examples of Brazilians contributions to world science, and reviews the impacts of a few distinguished leaders in building a rich scientific atmosphere within Brazil. There is no intention to give a full and complete historical survey of Raman spectroscopy in Brazilian science.

The Raman effect was first discovered in India by C.V. Raman in 1928 (Raman 1930). Raman was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in 1930 for his discovery of the effect which carries his name. Following the discovery of the Raman effect, most of the effort by the scientific community was on measuring the Raman spectra from many different materials and on developing new spectroscopic techniques.

A large contribution to this field was made by Hans Stammreich, who was the one responsible for the introduction of Raman spectroscopy into Brazil. Stammreich was born in 1902, in Germany. He went to Brazil in 1940, becoming a Professor three years later in the Department on Physics at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP). In the following years he developed, with the collaboration of O. Sala, R. Forneris and A.G. Ayrosa, the technique of the excitation of Raman spectra with helium lamps, and it was Stammreich who introduced into Raman instrumentation the use of spectrographs based on diffraction gratings (Stammreich 1956). Stammreich is responsible for the first Raman spectra of an impressive number of materials, and from the 86 publications of Stammreich, 56 were made while he was in Brazil. He is remembered for his special dedication to teaching, and he left behind a legacy of high quality scientists and a large number of Brazilian students, well trained in Raman spectroscopy research, and these students then spread both the scientific spirit and Raman spectroscopy techniques throughout Brazil.

As one of many examples of Stammreich's legacy we can cite the contributions of his student Osvaldo Sala (Ph.D. in 1964 from the University of São Paulo), who later became a professor in the Chemistry Department at the University of São Paulo. Sala was one of the pioneers in the study of the surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) effect (Rubim et al. 1983) and he made a large contribution to Raman scattering studies of metals (Stammreich et al. 1958, 1959, 1961a, b).

The knowledge and use of the Raman effect took a big leap forward in the 1960s, when a Brazilian physicist, Sergio P.S. Porto first used a laser to probe the Raman spectra of different kinds of materials. Sergio Pereira da Silva Porto was born in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, in 1926. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1954 at the Johns Hopkins University, for work on the study of the spectra of H2 and H2O molecules, and is still remembered at Johns Hopkins for trying surreptitiously to adapt their large Littrow spectrograph for Raman Spectroscopy. After his doctorate, he returned to Brazil to take a position as an Assistant Professor of Physics at the Aeronautical Technology Institute (ITA), where he built several spectroscopic instruments, including a high resolution double grating spectrometer. In 1960 he joined Bell Laboratories in the USA to work on the development of laser materials. Soon afterward, he recognized the potential of the laser as a tool for Raman spectroscopy (Leite and Porto 1966). This finding, together with his talent for instrumentation, brought laser spectroscopy into a new era. Sergio's laboratory at Bell Labs soon became one of the most important laboratories in the field of solid state spectroscopy. While at Bell Labs, he observed for the first time Raman scattering from F-centers (Worlock and Porto 1965), polaritons in ionic crystals (Porto et al. 1966), light scattering from spin waves (magnons) (Fleury et al. 1966) and optical activity in Raman spectra (Scott and Porto 1967). In 1967 Sergio Porto accepted a position as Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC). While at USC he continued to make important contributions to Raman scattering, including the observation of anti-symmetric electronic Raman scattering (Kiel et al. 1968), the Raman cross-section of gases (Weber et al. 1967), symmetry-forbidden first-order Raman spectra in disordered solids, (Williams and Porto 1973, Rao et al. 1974) and studies of phase transitions (Rao et al. 1972) and soft modes (DiDomenico et al. 1967). In addition, Porto supervised many Brazilian students who went to USC to have the opportunity to work with him.

In 1973 Porto returned to Brazil, to join the recently founded Physics Institute at the State University at Campinas (Unicamp), where he led a group of researchers to study lasers and their applications. In 1974 he founded the Quantum Electronics Department of the Physics Institute at Unicamp. Porto had a strong commitment to high quality research and education and he was essential in defining the early history of Unicamp as a major university worldwide. Porto was appointed Dean of Research of the University of Campinas in 1976, where he also held several other top management positions. Wherever he was, he always contributed ideas towards building excellence in education and research. Sergio Porto died in 1979 in Novosibirsk, Siberia, while attending an International Laser Physics Conference. Though he died at a relatively early age, he left behind a legacy of high quality work, a contagious excitement for science, and a large number of Brazilian students, well trained in Raman spectroscopy research. These students have subsequently had a large influence on Brazilian science.

Due to the large efforts of many scientists like Porto, Campinas became an important research center for Brazilian and worldwide science. Among several important researchers, we mention R.C.C. Leite, who worked with Porto at Bell Labs in the 1960s. A few examples of the large scientific contributions of Leite are his discovery with Porto of the resonance Raman effect (Leite and Porto 1966, Scott et al. 1969) and his important works on semiconductors physics, such as the study of donor-acceptor pair recombination in n-type GaAs (Leite and DiGiovanni 1967), of injection mechanisms in GaAs diffuse electroluminescent junctions (Leite et al. 1965), of long-transient effects in lasers with lasers with inserted liquid samples (Gordon et al. 1965) and of light propagation in p-n junctions through a dielectric-wave guide mode (Yariv and Leite 1963). Leite returned to Brazil in 1971 to become a Full Professor at Unicamp and had a large impact on the Department at Unicamp by attracting many talented scientists and by bringing many financial resources to Unicamp. Together with Porto and Minko Balkanski, Leite also edited the book "Light Scattering in Solids" (Balkanski et al. 1976) which was the proceedings of a large and important international conference on light scattering held in Brazil in 1975.

Not only did Porto make contributions to Raman spectroscopy worldwide, but we can also link to him many other researchers who made important contributions to Brazilian science. Two examples of other Brazilian universities where researchers had the chance to have close contact with Porto are in the Physics Departments at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) and Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC).

A.S. Chaves and G.A. Barbosa received their PhD degrees with Porto at the University of Southern California, in the 1970s. Barbosa studied the temperature dependence of the Raman cross-section in BaTiO3 and SrTi3 (Barbosa et al. 1972). Chaves worked on phonon-polaritons in ferroelectric systems. Among his important contributions to the field of Raman spectroscopy we can cite the observation of dynamic disorder in crystals using Raman scattering (Chaves et al. 1974) and a generalization of the Lyddane-Sachs-Teller relation for ordered-disordered crystals (Balkanski et al. 1976). Chaves and Barbosa returned to Brazil and later became full Professors at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), and both have had a large impact on local and national scientific development in Brazil.

Barbosa installed the first experimental laboratory in quantum optics in Brazil and made important contributions to this field (Ribeiro et al. 1994a, b). His PhD student, P.H.S. Ribeiro was awarded the Prize for the best PhD Brazilian thesis in Physics in 1997, for the work "Study of the Properties of Light Coherence Produced in Parametric Down-conversion" (Ribeiro 1995). In 1998 Ribeiro went to the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and installed the first experimental laboratory for quantum optics in the state of Rio de Janeiro.

Chaves led the creation of the Semiconducting Physics Group at UFMG and he is the author of Physics books for undergraduates studying physical sciences and engineering (Chaves 2002). In the hands of Ramayana Gazzinelli, with the help of Chaves, Barbosa and others, the Physics Department at UFMG created a scientific atmosphere with a strong focus on the development on experimental physics. The Raman laboratory in the Physics Department at UFMG, which was installed in 1992 by M.A. Pimenta, has had a worldwide influence on the resonance Raman scattering research of graphite and carbon nanotubes, as discussed in this review.

J. Mendes Filho and F.E.A. Melo received their Ph.D. degrees at Unicamp, in the 1980s, Mendes Filho being the last student of Porto, although Porto died before signing his Thesis. Mendes Filho worked on the use of Raman scattering to study phase transitions in b-LiTiO3, (Mendes Filho 1984) while Melo worked on lattice dynamics and anharmonic effects in ionic crystals (Melo 1983). They both became Full Professors of Physics at the Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC) and also had a large impact on local and national scientific developments. Mendes Filho led the Physics Department in UFC for many years and installed different laboratories for experimental physics, including a Raman laboratory which had a high level of activity in studying phase transitions and pressure-induced effects. He was also the first researcher to perform polarized Raman experiments inside a pressure cell (Mendes Filho et al. 1984). The Raman lab also made important contributions to studying Raman phenomena in different kinds of materials, such as ceramics and ferro-electrics, and more recently nanostructured materials, including carbon nanotubes. His PhD student, A.G. Souza Filho was awarded an "Honorable Mention" for his PhD thesis work in 2002, from the Brazilian Physical Society. His work was on electronic, structural and vibrational properties of carbon nanotubes and PbZr1-xTixO3 ferroelectric systems (Souza Filho 2001).

After revisiting the past, showing how important was the Brazilian contribution to Raman spectroscopy, we next discuss recent examples showing that Brazilians are also playing a very important role at present in the development of materials science, more specifically the nanoscience of carbon materials, based on resonance Raman spectroscopy, which has a long history in Brazil. Here we discuss the use of resonance Raman spectroscopy to characterize the electronic and vibrational properties of quasi-one dimensional carbon nanotubes, and next to study the strictly one-dimensional carbon chains, which is a newly emerging topic in carbon based physical-chemistry.



Raman scattering involves the inelastic scattering of light by any kind of excitation in a material. By excitations, we mean electronic excited states, phonons (quanta of lattice vibration), plasmons (quanta of plasma oscillations), magnons (quanta of spin waves), excitons (bound electron-hole pairs), and it is these same excitations that are usually responsible for the thermal, optical, magnetic and transport properties of matter. Light is pumped onto the material under study, and the scattered radiation carries information about the interaction of photons with each type of excitation in the material. Carbon materials have been central to the Raman scattering technique. In fact, C.V. Raman discovered the Raman effect in 1928 while studying carbon materials (Raman 1930). Nowadays Raman spectroscopy is one of the most important techniques used for the study and characterization of recently discovered carbon materials, such as carbon nanotubes (Dresselhaus et al. 2002, Jorio et al. 2004, 2003a). The topic of Raman spectroscopy in carbon materials is particularly appropriate for this review article because of the close connection between Raman scattering and Brazilian science both from a historical perspective (see previous section) and from the viewpoint of current research developments.

The use of the resonance effect in Raman spectroscopy substantially increases the power of the technique. The intensity of the Raman peak is enhanced when the incident or the scattered photon is in resonance with an electronic transition in the material. By studying the intensity of the Raman peak as a function of the excitation laser energy (Elaser), one can obtain information about the electronic structure. In addition, variation of Elaser provides new power to the Raman technique, special for the study of one-dimensional carbon materials. The importance of this technique to actual science was realized by the authors of the review, as we discuss below.


Single wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) have been the focus of intensive work for fundamental studies, and are a potential nano-material for applications involving interdisciplinary fields, joining physics, chemistry, engineering, and biology (Saito et al. 1998). Different kinds of SWNTs, as determined by their tubular structures, i.e., diameter (dt) and chirality (q), exhibit different properties (Saito et al. 1998). The SWNT is a single sheet of graphite (graphene) rolled up into a seamless cylinder of ~ 1 nm in diameter. The structure of a given SWNT can be defined by the chiral vector Ch, which spans the circumference of the tube, and the vector Ch can be denoted by a pair of indices (n, m), which describes Ch as a function of the graphene lattice unit vectors (Ch = na1 + ma2). The physical properties of carbon nanotubes depend strongly on (n, m). Special attention can be given to the fact that SWNTs can be metallic if (n-m) is a multiple of 3, or semiconducting otherwise (Saito et al. 1998). The characterization of nanotube structures, given by their indices (n, m) is, therefore, of major importance for the development of carbon nanotube science and applications. The unique optical and spectroscopic properties observed in single wall carbon nanotubes are largely due to the one-dimensional (1D) confinement of electronic and phonon states and due to the resonance Raman processes. Because of this 1D confinement, the resonance effect is both strongly enhanced relative to graphite and highly selective of the SWNT geometric (n, m) structure. Thus Raman spectroscopy has become not only a spectroscopic tool, but also has become a structural characterization tool for SWNTs.

The power of Raman spectroscopy for the characterization of carbon nanotubes was first demonstrated, in 1997, by Rao et al. who showed a dependence of the Raman spectra from SWNT bundles on the excitation laser energy Elaser, due to a strong resonance effect between Elaser and the sharp van Hove singularities in the joint density of electronic states in one-dimensional SWNTs. In 1998 it was shown by M. A. Pimenta from UFMG while visiting MIT that the resonance Raman effect could be used to distinguish between metallic (M) and semiconducting (S) SWNTs (Pimenta et al. 1998) and how to probe M and S semiconducting separately.

The distinction between M and S SWNTs utilizes the different line shapes of the tangential mode vibrations, as shown in Fig. 1(a). This Raman feature is called the G band, G denoting graphite-like. In graphite the feature has a single peak, since in-plane tangential vibrations are degenerate in the hexagonal sheet. In nanotubes this feature splits into up to 6 peaks due to the curvature of the graphene sheet and the quantum confinement along the tube circumference (Jorio et al. 2000, 2002a, b, 2003b).



This difference in line shape between M and S SWNTs is best observed in SWNT bundle samples since the coupling of the conduction electrons to phonons through a plasmon excitation is enhanced by intertube interactions (Kataura et al. 1999, Brown et al. 2001). By measuring the Raman spectra of nanotube bundles through varying Elaser, as shown in Fig. 1(a), different tubes are probed at different Elaser values (Pimenta et al. 1998), and this information is used to identify M and S SWNTs in Fig. 1(b). Based on the line shape fits of the G feature for S and M SWNTs, the various traces in Fig. 1(a) are identified in Fig. 1(b) with the resonance of the excitation laser with specific semiconducting and metallic SWNTs contained within the sample.

The next important step forward in the spectroscopic studies of carbon nanotubes occurred in 2001, when A. Jorio from UFMG, while visiting MIT, showed that it was possible to measure the Raman signal from one isolated single-wall carbon nanotube (Jorio et al. 2001a) (see Fig. 2), and that the Raman spectroscopy could be used to determine the SWNT geometric structure by a direct evaluation of the (n, m) indices for individual SWNTs (Jorio et al. 2001a). For the spectroscopic assignment of the two SWNT indices (n, m), experimental determination of two nanotube properties is necessary: the electronic transition Eii (i = 1,2,3..., giving the number of the electronic transition energy relative to the Fermi level of the unperturbed SWNT) and the nanotube radial breathing mode frequency (wRBM). Therefore, once one measures a set of these two SWNT properties, a structural assignment can be made by using a model which directly relates the (Eii, wRBM) to (n, m). The relation wRBM = 248/dt was obtained by A. Jorio, and this important result has been included in the 8th edition of the popular textbook "Introduction to Solid State Physics", by C. Kittel (Kittel 2005). This work and much of the science about single nanotube spectroscopy was subsequently developed through a strong and fruitful collaboration between the Physics Departments at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil (CNPqNSF), and those at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, and at the Tohoku University (TU), Japan.



From this initial work, the importance of the resonance Raman scattering (RRS) technique to study and characterize the one-dimensional structure of carbon nanotubes became clear. In 2002 the Physics Department at UFMG established the Brazilian Nanoscience Institute (Millennium Program - MCT and CNPq), and its Raman laboratory put its efforts into building a quasi-continuous laser excitation system to be able to study the effect of one-dimensional van Hove singularities. Experiments carried out at UFMG showed that by using a tunable system to tune over one electronic transition Eii for a single isolated nanotube, it is possible to determine Eii and the resonance width G (see Fig. 3). Such an experiment was performed for a SWNT with wRBM = 173.6 cm-1, i.e., dt = 248/173.6 = 1.43 nm (Jorio et al. 2001b). Very accurate values for Eii = 1.655 ± 0.003 eV and G = 8 meV were found from Fig. 3. Knowing dt and Eii allowed the assignment of the measured SWNT as the (18, 0) metallic SWNT (Jorio et al. 2001b). By doing the experiment with a tunable laser, one can measure the resonance line shape profile experimentally. At the upper inset of Fig. 3, it is shown that the resonance window for the Stokes (creating of a phonon) and anti-Stokes (annihilation of a phonon) spectra are displaced from each other. This effect occurs because the enhancement depends on the energy of both the incident and scattered photons, and the scattered photons differ in energy by ± wph, where wph is the phonon frequency.



In 2004, resonance Raman spectroscopy was used to determine the optical transition energies for different (n, m) single-wall carbon nanotubes in solution (Fantini et al. 2004). Figure 4 presents Stokes resonance Raman measurements of carbon nanotubes grown by the HiPco process, dispersed in aqueous solution and wrapped with sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) (O'Connell et al. 2002), in the frequency region of the RBM features. A total of 76 excitation laser lines were used to construct this map. The quasi-continuous variation of Elaser from 1.52 eV up to 2.71 eV provides us with detailed information about the evolution of the RBM Raman spectra as a function of Elaser. Many RBM peaks appear in Fig. 4, each peak corresponding to a carbon nanotube in resonance with Elaser, thereby delineating for each nanotube the resonance window (Raman intensity as a function of the energy in the range where the RBM feature can be observed). The frequency wRBM is directly determined from the Raman spectra with 0.5 cm-1 accuracy. The electronic transition energy determination Eii is obtained with ±10 meV accuracy by analyzing the Stokes and anti-Stokes resonance windows for each RBM peak. Here we obtained (Eii, wRBM) for 46 different (n, m) SWNTs, including 28 semiconducting and 18 metallic SWNTs. These studies allowed the development of more reliable models to describe the detailed electronic structure of SWNTs, including effects due to SWNT curvature and related to (2n + m) family behavior, as well as many-body effects (Samsonidze et al. 2004, Jorio et al. 2005). Furthermore, through these measurements, the important equivalence was demonstrated between the optical transition energies Eii obtained by resonance Raman spectroscopy and photoluminescence excitation (PLE) spectroscopy (O'Connell et al. 2002).




Strictly speaking, a one-dimensional carbon material is a chain of single carbon atoms. Prior Raman studies of long linear chains of sp-bonded carbon atoms, also known as carbynes, (Kurti et al. 1995) show a broad Raman peak at 2000 cm-1. The observation of unusual and strong spectral features around 1850 cm-1 has been reported recently in the Raman spectra of carbon nanotube systems, (Zhao et al. 2003, Jinno et al. 2006, Endo et al. 2006) and these features have been ascribed to the vibration of strictly one-dimensional (1D) chains of carbon atoms. In particular, a strong and sharp feature at ~ 1850 cm-1 was observed in the Raman spectra of double wall nanotube (DWNT) samples heat treated at high temperatures (Endo et al. 2006) and, since this Raman feature only appears at specific annealing temperatures (Thtt) that occur just below the Thtt needed for full coalescence of DWNTs, it was named the coalescence-inducing mode (CIM). To characterize this unusual Raman feature at ~ 1850 cm-1, we performed a detailed resonance Raman study of this phonon band, using many different laser excitation energies (Elaser) (Fantini et al. 2006).

Room temperature Raman spectra were recorded in the backscattering configuration using the Dilor XY triple monochromator, using several different laser line excitations from an Ar-Kr ion laser, and a dye laser in the range 1.9-2.7 eV. A laser power of < 1 mW was focused on a ~ 2 µm2 spot during the measurements. The samples studied consist of highly purified DWNT bundles synthesized by a catalytic chemical vapor deposition method (Endo et al. 2005a, b). The diameter distribution of the samples is 0.77 < dt < 0.90 nm for the inner tubes and 1.43 < dt < 1.60 nm for the outer tubes (Endo et al. 2005a, b). Both undoped and B-doped DWNTs were investigated, after heat treatment at Thtt between 1000 and 2000ºC. The addition of boron was shown to facilitate the formation of the carbon chains at lower heat treatment temperatures. The CIM feature reaches its maximum intensity for the undoped sample when Thtt = 1500ºC, and for the B-doped DWNTs when Thtt = 1300ºC (Endo et al. 2006).

The resonance behavior of the 1850 cm-1 (CIM) Raman feature observed in heat treated DWNT bundle samples was studied. Figure 5 shows a 3D plot of Raman shift vs Elaser vs Raman intensity for resonant Raman measurements on the undoped sample after heat treatment at 1500ºC, and the resonance behavior in the intensity of the CIM feature is clearly observed. It was observed that the intensity of the CIM band depends strongly on the laser energy and exhibits a maximum value at Elaser = 2.2 eV, as shown in Fig. 5.



Figure 6(a) shows a detailed analysis of the CIM Raman spectra obtained with Elaser = 2.20 eV (where the CIM feature shows its maximum intensity), from four different sample locations of the laser spot on the undoped specimen (Thtt = 1500ºC) (Fantini et al. 2006). We observed that the detailed line shape and the mean frequency of the CIM band is somewhat dependent on the position of the laser spot on the sample. The CIM features obtained in all measured spectra were fitted by a sum of Lorentzian peaks, each one with a linewidth of ~ 10 cm-1, also in agreement with the linewidth of the peaks previously observed in MWNT samples (Zhao et al. 2003). The CIM feature in annealed DWNTs is clearly composed of more than one peak, and up to four peaks were necessary to fit all observed spectra (see Fig. 6(a)). Four frequencies at ~ 1837 cm-1, ~ 1844 cm-1, ~ 1851 cm-1, ~ 1857 cm-1, with a precision of ±2 cm-1 could be clearly distinguished. The two highest frequency peaks are the most intense ones, and the peaks ~ 1844 cm-1 and ~ 1837 cm-1 are less intense and sometimes absent in the spectra. The frequency values obtained from the analysis of all spectra, recorded with different laser excitation energies, are shown in Fig. 6(b) as a function of Elaser. The absence of a dispersive behavior demonstrates that these peaks are not related to the combination modes present in all graphitic materials (Brar et al. 2002), and reveals that the CIM band is a first-order Raman scattering process associated with the novel form of one-dimensional carbon chains.



One explanation for the observation of up to four peaks in the CIM feature could be chains with different number of carbon atoms. In this case, however, their gap would also depend on the number of carbon atoms, and we should observe a rough dispersive behavior when changing Elaser. Since this is not observed, we rule out this possibility. It is known that an infinite linear chain with one atom per unit cell ( = C = C = C = ) does not have a Raman active mode. Molecular dynamics calculations show that carbon chains containing 3, 4 and 5 atoms covalently linking the inner and the outer tubes can be formed (Fantini et al. 2006). The existence of a stable linear chain with more than 8 atoms seems unlikely for DWNTs during coalescence. Calculated results for the vibrational normal mode frequencies and energy gaps of linear chains with a small number of carbon atoms, with fixed and free ends have also been performed (Fantini et al. 2006). Qualitative agreement with experimental results is obtained for C5 and C7 chains with fixed ends. Furthermore, small twists and bending of these small chains can change their vibrational frequencies by values up to 100-150 cm-1 (Fantini et al. 2006). Based on these arguments, we propose that the CIM feature should be related to linear carbon chains with a small and odd number of carbon atoms.



In this article we show highlights of contemporary advances in resonance Raman spectroscopy where Brazilian scientists are playing a dominant role. Some historical perspectives are given showing the important role that Brazilian science played historically in the development of Raman spectroscopy and the important role that Raman spectroscopy research has played in the development of experimental physics in Brazil.



The authors are very thankful for the important contribution of many researchers to this review, including R. Saito, A.G. Souza Filho, C. Fantini, Ge.G. Samsonidze, M. Terrones, M. Strano and M. Endo. M.S.D. acknowledges support under National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants DMR 04-05538. Brazilian authors acknowledges financial support from Instituto de Nanosciências - Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq).



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Manuscript received on April 28, 2006; accepted for publication on May 02, 2006; contributed by MILDRED S. DRESSELHAUS*



PACS numbers: 78.30.Na, 78.20.Bh, 78.66.Tr, 63.22.+m, 36.20Kd, 36.20.Ng
* Member Academia Brasileira de Ciências

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