Wednesday, December 28, 2011

US Patent 8086079 - Aligned nanotube array responsive to electromagnetic energy

Back in 1997 inventor Robert Crowley recognized several uses of carbon nanotubes as an optical antenna and filed several basic patents based on these ideas. This is the latest of his patents including some broad claims covering carbon nanotubes responding to electromagnetic energy. It may be noteworthy that this patent and the parent patents were recently featured in a patent auction (link). Claim 1 reads:  

1. An electrical device for the utilization of electromagnetic energy, the device comprising:

a substrate; and

an aligned array of electromagnetic energy responsive nanotubes supported by and extending through the substrate, arranged to respond to electromagnetic energy.