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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.
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30 May 2006 | Tools | Contributor(s): Marcelo Alejandro Kuroda, Salvador Barraza-Lopez, J. P. Leburton
Calculates the phonon band structure of carbon nanotubes using the force constant method.
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09 Sep 2005 | Tools | Contributor(s): Jing Guo, Akira Matsudaira
Computes E(k) and the density-of-states (DOS) vs. energy for a carbon nanotube
Computational Nanoscience, Lecture 4: Geometry Optimization and Seeing What You're Doing
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13 Feb 2008 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Jeffrey C Grossman, Elif Ertekin
In this lecture, we discuss various methods for finding the ground state structure of a given system by minimizing its energy. Derivative and non-derivative methods are discussed, as well as the...
Computational Nanoscience, Lecture 5: A Day of In-Class Simulation: MD of Carbon Nanostructures
In this lecture we carry out simulations in-class, with guidance from the instructors. We use the LAMMPS tool (within the nanoHUB simulation toolkit for this course). Examples include...
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...
Crystal Viewer Tool
22 Dec 2007 | Tools | Contributor(s): Yuanchen Chu, Fan Chen, Daniel F Mejia, James Fonseca, Tanya Faltens, Michael Povolotskyi, Gerhard Klimeck
Visualize different crystal lattices and planes
Crystal Viewer Tool Learning Materials
By completing the Crystal Viewer Lab in ABACUS - Assembly of Basic Applications for Coordinated Understanding of Semiconductors, users will be able to understand: a) crystals,b) crystal...
Cylindrical CNT MOSFET Simulator
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22 Jul 2008 | Tools | Contributor(s): Gloria Wahyu Budiman, Yunfei Gao, Xufeng Wang, Siyu Koswatta, Mark Lundstrom
Simulate 2-D electrons transport in CNTFET
Dendrimer-Templated Catalyst for Controlled Growth of Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes by Plasma-Enhanced CVD
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20 Feb 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Placidus Amama
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are an important class of materials with several technological applications because they possess unparalleled properties in terms of ballistic electrical conductivity,...
Direct mechanical measurement of the tensile strength and elastic modulus of multiwalled carbon nanotubes
07 Oct 2011 | Papers | Contributor(s): Brian Demczyk, Y.M. Wang, J. Cumings, M. Hetman, W. Han, A. Zettl. R. O. Ritchie
This work represents the first in-situ measurenment of the tensile strength of a carbon nanotuube.
Dynamics on the Nanoscale: Time-domain ab initio studies of quantum dots, carbon nanotubes and molecule-semiconductor interfaces
31 Jan 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Oleg Prezhdo
Device miniaturization requires an understanding of the dynamical response of materials on the nanometer scale. A great deal of experimental and theoretical work has been devoted to characterizing...
ECET 499N Lecture 10: Nanomaterials
12 Apr 2010 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Helen McNally
ECET 499N Lecture 11: Carbon Nanotubes - Synthesis and Applications
12 Apr 2010 | Online Presentations
Guest Lecture: Sungwon S. Kim
ECET 499N: Introduction to Nanotechnology
30 Mar 2009 | Courses | 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...
EDA Challenges in Nanoscale Design: A Synopsys Perspective
11 Apr 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Rich Goldman
Rich Goldman gives an overview of the current state of
the semiconductor and EDA (Electronic Design Automation) industry with a
special focus on the impact of nanometer scale design on design...
Electrodeposition of Palladium as an Ohmic Contact for Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
03 Aug 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Brent Penque, David Janes
Carbon nanotubes are being researched extensively for their unique conductive properties. Controlled growth of vertical single-walled carbon nanotubes, however, has not yet been possible. This...
Electron and Ion Microscopies as Characterization Tools for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
27 Feb 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Eric Stach
This tutorial presents a broad overview of the basic physical principles of techniques used in scanning electron microscopy (SEM), as well as their application to understanding...
Electron Emission from Nanoscale Carbon Materials
15 May 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Timothy S Fisher
Prior studies on electron emission show possibly beneficial effects of
nanoscale phenomena on energy-conversion characteristics. For example,
recent work has shown that the electric field...