Structure and Vibrations in C Carbon Peapods

Authored by: Abdelali Rahmani , Hassane Chadli

2 Handbook of Nanophysics

Print publication date:  September  2010
Online publication date:  September  2010

Print ISBN: 9781420075540
eBook ISBN: 9781420075557
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The discovery of C60 fullerenes in 1985 [1] added a new dimension to the knowledge of carbon science, and the discovery of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) in 1991 [2] and single walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) in 1993 [3] also added to the knowledge of technology. These materials prevail over science and technology at nanoscale levels and become a hot topic for researchers and industrialists. Resembling tubes of rolled-up graphite of about a nanometer in diameter and several micrometers or more, these structures have substantially contributed to the recent advances in nanotechnology as they exhibit a remarkably complex mixture of physical properties, including extreme mechanical resilience, exceedingly large aspect ratios, and superior field emission properties. The particular technological importance is that nanotubes come in both semiconducting and metallic varieties, making them a natural basis for developing nanoelectronic applications.

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