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Effects of carbon nanotube thermal conductivity on optoacoustic transducer performance
- Li, Jiapu, Lan, Xuekai, Lei, Shuang, Ou-Yang, Jun, Yang, Xiaofei, Zhu, Benpeng
- Carbon 2019 v.145 pp. 112-118
- carbon, carbon nanotubes, thermal conductivity
- CNT-PDMS composite is regarded as a promising candidate for optoacoustic transducer application. However, the relationship between the CNT thermal conductivity and optoacoustic transducer performance is still undefined. To explore this relationship, four types of CNTs with different diameters and lengths were employed to successfully fabricate four types of optoacoustic transducers. The thermal properties of CNTs were analyzed and discussed in this paper; the laser-generated ultrasound and optoacoustic conversion efficiency of the transducers were experimentally and theoretically investigated. Results of comparison revealed the CNT with a diameter and length of 8 nm and 10–30 μm, respectively, to have the highest thermal conductivity. With this type of CNT/PDMS composite, the optoacoustic conversion efficiency reached as high as 9.59 × 10−3. Overall, the results demonstrate that higher CNT thermal conductivity corresponds to better optoacoustic transducer performance.