Project Overview

Improving THz spectroscopy to enable studies of carbon nanotubes

Faculty Sponsor

Beth Parks (


Physics and Astronomy


Carbon nanotubes are of fundamental interest to physicists because they are one-dimensional conductors. When electrons are this constrained, theory says that they should develop some new properties, including a resonant frequency in the THz range that varies depending on the length of the nanotubes. This resonant frequency has proven very difficult to observe, mostly because the nanotube density is very low, so the measurements must be very sensitive. You’ll work with the THz spectroscopy apparatus to improve the signal-to-noise, and also work with Matlab to simulate the effect of noise on the spectrum.

Student Qualifications

Physics and physics-astronomy majors are preferred.

Number of Student Researchers

1 student

Project Length

10 weeks

Applications open on 01/15/2017 and close on 02/07/2017

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