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29 April 2003 Experimental observation and quantum modeling of electron irradiation on single-wall carbon nanotubes
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Proceedings Volume 5118, Nanotechnology; (2003)
Event: Microtechnologies for the New Millennium 2003, 2003, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
In situ experiments, based on electron irradiation at high temperature in a transmission electron microscope, are used to investigate isolated, packed and crossing single-wall nanotubes. During continuous, uniform atom removal, surfaces of isolated single-wall nanotubes heavily reconstruct leading to drastic dimensional changes. In bundles, coalescence of single-wall nanotubes is observed and induced by vacancies via a zipper-like mechanism. 'X', 'Y', and 'T' carbon nano-structures are also fabricated by covalently connecting crossed single-wall nanotubes in order to pave the way towards controlled fabrication of nanotube based molecular junctions and network architectures exhibiting exciting electronic and mechanical behavior. Each experiment is followed by quantum modeling in order to investigate the effect of the irradiation process at the atomic level.
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Jean-Christophe Charlier, Mauricio Terrones, Florian Banhart, Nicole Grobert, Humberto Terrones, and Pulickel M. Ajayan "Experimental observation and quantum modeling of electron irradiation on single-wall carbon nanotubes", Proc. SPIE 5118, Nanotechnology, (29 April 2003);

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