npsm 새물리 New Physics : Sae Mulli

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Research Paper

New Phys.: Sae Mulli 2018; 68: 1167-1172

Published online November 30, 2018

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Measurement of Thermal Diffusivity and the Optical Properties of a Carbon Nanotube Dispersion by Using the Thermal Lens Effect

Hyunwoo PARK1, Hyunki KIM1, Sok Won KIM*1, Joohyun LEE2

1 Department of Physics, University of Ulsan, Ulsan 44610, Korea
2 Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, Daejeon 34113, Korea


Received: September 16, 2018; Revised: October 12, 2018; Accepted: October 17, 2018

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Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are structures of carbon atoms bonded together in hexagonal honeycomb shapes, with multi-walled CNTs having a very high thermal conductivity of 3000 W/m$\cdot$K and single-walled CNTs having a conductivity of 6000 W/m$\cdot$K. In this work, the transmittance and the thermal diffusivity of a multi-walled carbon nanotube dispersion with a concentration of 1.5 M were measured using a single beam method, a dual beam method, and the thermal lens effect. The nonlinear optical coefficients were obtained by using the z-scan method, which moved the sample in the direction of propagation of the single laser beam, propagation and the thermal diffusivity was measured using a double laser beam. As a pump beam, a diode-pumped solid state (DPSS) laser with a wavelength of 532 nm and an intensity of 100 mW was used. As the probe beam, a He-Ne laser having a wavelength of 633 nm and an intensity of 5 mW was used. The experimental result shows that when the concentrations of the sample were 9.99, 11.10, 16.65, and 19.98 mM, the nonlinear absorption coefficients were 0.046, 0.051, 0.136 and 0.169 m/W, respectively. Also, the nonlinear refractive indices were 0.20, 0.51, 1.25 and 1.32 $\times$ 10$^{-11}$ m$^2$/W, respectively, and the average thermal diffusivity was 1.33 $\times$ 10$^{-6}$ m$^2$/s.

Keywords: Thermal lens effect, Multi-walled carbon nanotube, Z-scan, Nonlinear optical coefficient, Thermal diffusivity

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