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A Communication Theoretical Modeling of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Optical Nanoreceivers and Broadcast Power Allocation

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Executive Summary

Carbon NanoTube (CNT) with its ground-breaking properties is a promising candidate for future nanoscale communication networks. CNTs can be used as on-chip optical antenna for wireless interconnects. Carbon NanoTube Field-Effect Transistors (CNTFETs) show significant performance as photodetectors due to wide spectral region and tunable bandgap. In this paper, CNTFETs composed of semiconducting Single-Walled carbon NanoTube (SWNT) and Metal contacts (M-SWNT-M) are used as photodiode receivers in nanoscale optical communication by theoretically modeling diameter-dependent characteristics for shot-, dark-, and thermal-noise-limited cases.

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