Evaluation of optimum sheath electric field for selective production of metallic carbon nanotubes

Yasushi Matsunaga, Tadatsugu Hatori, Tomokazu Kato

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We estimate the optimum electric field at the sheath edge and the minimum interval among the nanotubes to promote the growth of armchair-type nanotubes (metallic character) as a function of the tube length. On the basis of the electric charge distribution in a nanotube and the optimum electric filed E*1 at the tip of a nanotube evaluated using the Hückel-Poisson method, we calculate the structure of the electric field lines outside a nanotube in the sheath region. As the tube length increases, the E*1 decreases. To maintain the chemical activity at the tip, the sheath electric field must be decreased. We show the decreasing rate of the sheath field to the tube length.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-188
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Mar 22


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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