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100 amps of electricity crackle in a vacuum chamber, creating a
spark that transforms carbon vapor into tiny structures. Depending
on the conditions, these structures can be shaped like little,
60-atom soccer balls, or like rolled-up tubes of atoms, arranged
in a chicken-wire pattern, with rounded ends. These tiny, carbon
nanotubes, discovered by Sumio Iijima at NEC labs in 1991, have
amazing properties. They are 100 times stronger than steel, but
weigh only one-sixth as much. They are incredibly resilient
under physical stress; even when kinked to a 120-degree angle,
they will bounce back to their original form, undamaged. And
they can carry electrical current at levels that would vaporize
ordinary copper wires.
Learn more about carbon nanotubes from the many resources on this site, listed below. More information on Carbon nanotubes can be found here.
In-situ carbon nanotube tensile test
07 Oct 2011 | Animations | Contributor(s): Brian Demczyk
This represents the first in-situ tensile test observed in a transmission electron microscope.
Carbon nanotube bandstructure
22 Apr 2010 | Animations | Contributor(s): Saumitra Raj Mehrotra, Gerhard Klimeck
Carbon nanotubes are allotropes of carbon with a cylindrical nanostructure, and can be categorized into single-walled nanotubes (SWNT) and multi-walled nanotubes (MWNT). These cylindrical carbon ...
Crystal Viewer Demonstration: Bravais Lattices
12 Jun 2009 | Animations | Contributor(s): Gerhard Klimeck, Benjamin P Haley
This video shows the exploration of several crystal structures using the Crystal Viewer tool. Several powerful features of this tool are demonstrated.
Crystal Viewer Demonstration: Bravais Lattices 2
This video shows the exploration of several crystal structures using the Crystal Viewer tool. Several powerful features of this tool are demonstrated
Crystal Viewer Demonstration: Various Crystal Systems
This video shows the use of the Crystal Viewer Tool to visualize several crystal systems, including Si, GaAs, C60 Buckyball, and a carbon nanotube. Crystal systems are rotated in 3D, zoomed in...
3D Molecular Models
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21 Jun 2007 | Animations | Contributor(s): Nicholas Vargo
This animation was created as part of the Children's Museum Nanotechnology Exhibit to give the viewer an idea of what objects look like at the nano-level. The molecules range from something as...