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 Nicola M. Pugno Journal of Nanomaterials , 2008, DOI: 10.1155/2008/156724 Abstract: The thermomechanical stresses acting between a nanotube and fullerenes encapsulated on it are computed. After a general formulation, based on elasticity, we have applied the analysis to C82000040(10,10) or C60000040(10,10) peapods finding stresses in the gigapascal range or vanishing, respectively. The analysis suggests that a thermal control could be used to produce smart fullerenes at nanotube systems, for example, as two-stage nanovectors for drug delivery.
 Physics , 2006, Abstract: In this work we investigated the encapsulation of C$_20$ and C$_30$ fullerenes into semiconducting carbon nanotubes to study the possibility of bandgap engineering in such systems. Classical molecular dynamics simulations coupled to tight-binding calculations were used to determine the conformational and electronic properties of carbon nanotube supercells containing up to 12 fullerenes. We have observed that C$_20$ fullerenes behave similarly to a p-type dopant while C$_30$ ones work as n-type ones. For larger diameter nanotubes, where fullerene patterns start to differ from the linear arrangements (peapods), the doping features are preserved for both fullerenes, but local disorder plays an important role and significantly alters the electronic structure. The combined incorporation of both fullerene types (hybrid encapsulation) into the same nanotube leads to a behavior similar to that found in electronic junctions in Silicon-based electronic devices. These aspects can be exploited in the design of nanoelectronic devices using semiconducting carbon nanotubes.
 Physics , 2014, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.226801 Abstract: We present a paradigm in constructing very stable, faceted nanotube and fullerene structures by laterally joining nanoribbons or patches of different planar phosphorene phases. Our ab initio density functional calculations indicate that these phases may form very stable, non-planar joints. Unlike fullerenes and nanotubes obtained by deforming a single-phase planar monolayer at substantial energy penalty, we find faceted fullerenes and nanotubes to be nearly as stable as the planar single-phase monolayers. The resulting rich variety of polymorphs allows to tune the electronic properties of phosphorene nanotubes (PNTs) and fullerenes not only by the chiral index, but also by the combination of different phosphorene phases. In selected PNTs, a metal-insulator transition may be induced by strain or changing the number of walls.
 Physics , 2013, Abstract: Carbon nanotubes have properties depending on the arrangement of carbon atoms on the tube walls, called chirality. Also it has been tried to grow nanotubes of only one chirality for more than a decade it is still not possible today. A narrowing of the distribution of chiralities, however, which is a first step towards chirality control, has been observed for the growth of nanotubes on catalysts composed of nickel and iron. In this paper, we have calculated carbon-metal bond energies, adhesion energies and charge distributions of carbon nanotube caps on Ni, Fe and NiFe alloy clusters using density functional theory. A growth model using the calculated energies was able to reproduce the experimental data of the nanotube growth on the alloy catalysts. The electronic charge was found to be redistributed from the catalyst particles to the edges of the nanotube caps in dependence of the chiral angles of the caps increasing the reactivity of the edge atoms. Our study develops an explanation for the chirality enrichment in the carbon nanotube growth on alloy catalyst particles.
 Physics , 2005, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.72.165423 Abstract: We present a detailed study of the geometry, structure and energetics of carbon nanotube caps. We show that the structure of a cap uniquely determines the chirality of the nanotube that can be attached to it. The structure of the cap is specified in a geometrical way by defining the position of six pentagons on a hexagonal lattice. Moving one (or more) pentagons systematically creates caps for other nanotube chiralities. For the example of the (10,0) tube we study the formation energy of different nanotube caps using ab-initio calculations. The caps with isolated pentagons have an average formation energy 0.29+/-0.01eV/atom. A pair of adjacent pentagons requires a much larger formation energy of 1.5eV. We show that the formation energy of adjacent pentagon pairs explains the diameter distribution in small-diameter nanotube samples grown by chemical vapor deposition.
 Physics , 2004, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.71.193409 Abstract: We study the effects of the electrostatic interaction produced by charged fullerenes encapsulated in carbon nanotubes, showing that they are able to modify locally the electronic density of states in the hybrid system. In the cases where the interaction is felt as an attractive potential by the electrons in the nanotube, localized electronic states are formed in the nanotubes around the position of the fullerenes. This produces an effective narrowing of the gap in semiconducting nanotubes over a distance of a few nanometers, in agreement with the spatial modulation of the gap observed in the experiments.
 Physics , 2009, Abstract: This article explores the emergence of knowledge from scientific discoveries and their effects on the structure of scientific communication. Network analysis is applied to understand this emergence institutionally as changes in the journals; semantically, as changes in the codification of meaning in terms of words; and cognitively as the new knowledge becomes the emergent foundation of further developments. The discovery of fullerenes in 1985 is analyzed as the scientific discovery that triggered a process which led to research in nanotubes.
 Physics , 2007, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.76.125430 Abstract: We develop a long wavelength approximation in order to describe the low-energy states of carbon nanotubes in a transverse magnetic field. We show that, in the limit where the square of the magnetic length $l = \sqrt{\hbar c /e B}$ is much larger than the $C$-$C$ distance times the nanotube radius $R$, the low-energy theory is given by the linear coupling of a two-component Dirac spinor to the corresponding vector potential. We investigate in this regime the evolution of the band structure of zig-zag nanotubes for values of $R/l > 1$, showing that for radius $R \approx 20$ nm a clear pattern of Landau levels start to develop for magnetic field strength $B \gtrsim 10$ T. The levels tend to be four-fold degenerate, and we clarify the transition to the typical two-fold degeneracy of graphene as the nanotube is unrolled to form a curved strip. We show that the dynamics of the Dirac fermions leads to states which are localized at the flanks of the nanotube and that carry chiral currents in the longitudinal direction. We discuss the possibility to observe the quantization of the Hall conductivity in thick carbon nanotubes, which should display steps at even multiples of $2 e^2/h$, with values doubled with respect to those in the odd-integer quantization of graphene.
 Physics , 1999, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.61.5020 Abstract: We study electron transport between capped carbon nanotubes and a substrate, and relate the transmission probability to the local density of states in the cap. Our results show that the transmission probability mimics the behavior of the density of states at all energies except those that correspond to localized states in the cap. Close proximity of a substrate causes hybridization of the localized state. As a result, new transmission paths open from the substrate to nanotube continuum states via the localized states in the cap. Interference between various transmission paths gives rise to antiresonances in the transmission probability, with the minimum transmission equal to zero at energies of the localized states. Defects in the nanotube that are placed close to the cap cause resonances in the transmission probability, instead of antiresonances, near the localized energy levels. Depending on the spatial position of defects, these resonant states are capable of carrying a large current. These results are relevant to carbon nanotube based studies of molecular electronics and probe tip applications.
 Physics , 2003, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.91.116803 Abstract: Using density-functional theory calculations, we investigate the addition energy (AE) of quantum dots formed of fullerenes or closed single-wall carbon nanotubes. We focus on the connection between symmetry and oscillations in the AE spectrum. In the highly symmetric fullerenes the oscillation period is large because of the large level degeneracy and Hund's rule. For long nanotubes, the AE oscillation is fourfold. Adding defects destroys the spatial symmetry of the tubes, leaving only spin degeneracy; correspondingly, the fourfold behavior is destroyed, leaving an even/odd behavior which is quite robust. We use our symmetry results to explain recent experiments. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 116803 (2003).]
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