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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.
Carbon Nanotube Relay
01 Apr 2009 | | Contributor(s):: Sansiri Tanachutiwat, wei wang
CNT NEMS as mechanical relay for memory applications
Surface Characterization Studies of Carbon Materials: SS-DNA, SWCNT, Graphene, HOPG
30 Jan 2010 | | Contributor(s):: Dmitry Zemlyanov
In this presentation examples of surface characterization studies of carbon specimens will be presented. (1) In particularly, the systematic XPS (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) characterization of graphene grown on the SiC surface will be reported. This work demonstrates a use for XPS to...
26 Apr 2009 | | Contributor(s):: Yang Zhao, Albert Liao, Eric Pop
Simulate field effect carrier mobility in back-gated CNTFET devices at low field
Crystal Viewer Demonstration: Bravais Lattices
03 Jun 2009 | | 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 and out, and the lattice style changes from sticks and balls to lines to spheres.
Nanotribology, Nanomechanics and Materials Characterization Studies
29 Mar 2009 | | Contributor(s):: Bharat Bhushan
Fundamental nanotribological studies provide insight to molecular origins of interfacial phenomena including adhesion, friction, wear and lubrication. Friction and wear of lightly loaded micro/nano components are highly dependent on the surface interactions (few atomic layers). Nanotribological...
ECET 499N: Introduction to Nanotechnology
30 Mar 2009 | | Contributor(s):: Helen McNally
An introduction to the emerging area of nanotechnology will be studied. The primary focus will be on the technologies of nanotechnology, with specific emphasis on electronics and electrical measurements. Instruments and techniques used in nanotechnology will be described and explored which...
Multiple Transfers of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes on Silicon Wafers
18 Mar 2009 | | Contributor(s):: Alan Salvador Teran
Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) have many applications, including high speed transistor devices (see Figure 1). SWCNTs are grown on single-crystal quartz wafers and then transferred onto silicon wafers by a process that involves gold evaporation and thermal release tape. When they are...
Carrier Statistics Lab: First-Time User Guide
05 Mar 2009 | | Contributor(s):: Abhijeet Paul, Gerhard Klimeck, Benjamin P Haley, Saumitra Raj Mehrotra
This first-time user guide is an introduction to the Carrier Statistics Lab . It provides basic definitions, guidance on how to run the tool, and suggested exercises to help users get accustomed to the idea of distribution functions as well as how these functions are used in determining the...
Modern X-ray Scattering Methods for Nanoscale Materials Analysis
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15 Oct 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Richard J. Matyi
Since its discovery by von Laue in 1912, X-ray diffraction has become an indispensable tool for structure determinations in the physical and biological sciences. X-rays are characterized by high energies and by wavelengths that are commensurate with nanometer-sized structures – unlike optical...
Cylindrical CNT MOSFET Simulator
22 Jul 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Gloria Wahyu Budiman, Yunfei Gao, Xufeng Wang, Siyu Koswatta, Mark Lundstrom
Simulate 2-D electrons transport in CNTFET
28 May 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Feifei Lian, Feifei Lian, Feifei Lian
This tool performs a self-consistent simulation of the current-voltage curve of a metallic single-wall carbon nanotube with Joule heating.
Some Important Aspects of the Chemistry of Nanomaterials
01 Jul 2008 | | Contributor(s):: C.N.R. Rao
Keynote address for the launch of the Center for Analytical Instrumentation Development.
CNT Heterojunction Modeler
20 Mar 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Joe Ringgenberg, Joydeep Bhattacharjee, Jeffrey B. Neaton, Jeffrey C Grossman
Study the structure and electronic properties of carbon nanotubes with linear heterojunctions.
BNC Research Review: Carbon Nanotubes as Nucleic Acid Carriers
04 Jun 2008 | | Contributor(s)::
This presentation is part of a collection of presentations describing the projects, people, and capabilities enhanced by research performed in the Birck Center, and a look at plans for the upcoming year.
Nano Carbon: From ballistic transistors to atomic drumheads
14 May 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Paul L. McEuen
Carbon takes many forms, from precious diamonds to lowly graphite. Surprisingly, it is the latter that is the most prized by nano physicists. Graphene, a single layer of graphite, can serve as an impenetrable membrane a single atom thick. Rolled up into a nanometer-diameter cylinder--a carbon...
Carbon Nanotechnology: Scientific and Technological Issues
24 Feb 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Joe Lyding
Carbon nanotechnologies based on single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) and graphene (a single atomic layer of graphite) are being pursued for a wide range of technological applications ranging from chemical sensing to post-silicon nanoelectronics. A common thread is the need to atomistically...
Selected Properties of Carbon Nanostructures: from Exotic Fullerenes to Nanotubes
30 Mar 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Manfred M. Kappes
The talk presents results from ongoing projects in the field of carbonnanostructures: (i) Mass selected ion beam soft-landing has been usedto generate exotic fullerene materials comprising covalent linked,non-IPR cages. Apart from microscopic structure, we have studiedthermal and electronic...
Boltzmann Transport Simulator for CNTs
20 Feb 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Zlatan Aksamija, Umberto Ravaioli
Simulate Electron transport in Single-walled carbon nanotubes using an upwinding discretization of the Boltzmann transport equation in the relaxation time approximation.