Volume 85, Number 3, February 2009
Article Number 37004
Number of page(s) 6
Section Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties
Published online 13 February 2009
EPL, 85 (2009) 37004
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/85/37004

Local and non-local shot noise in multiwalled carbon nanotubes

T. Tsuneta1, P. Virtanen1, F. Wu1, T. Wang2, T. T. Heikkilä1 and P. J. Hakonen1

1   Low Temperature Laboratory, Helsinki University of Technology - FI-02015 Espoo, Finland, EU
2   Chinese Academy of Sciences - Beijing, China

received 20 April 2008; accepted in final form 15 January 2009; published February 2009
published online 13 February 2009

We have investigated shot noise in multiterminal, disordered multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) at 4.2 K over the frequency f = 600–850 MHz. Quantitative comparison of our data to semiclassical theory, based on non-equilibrium distribution functions, indicates that a major part of the noise is caused by a non-equilibrium state imposed by the contacts. Our data exhibits non-local shot noise across weakly transmitting contacts while a low-impedance contact eliminates such noise almost fully. Within our model we obtain $F_{{\rm tube}}$ < 0.1 for the intrinsic Fano factor of our MWNTs. This behavior cannot be explained by the presence of ballistic channels.

73.63.-b - Electronic transport in nanoscale materials and structures.
73.63.Fg - Nanotubes.
05.40.Ca - Noise.

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