Date: December 15, 1999
Creator: Buongiorno Nardelli, Marco & Bernholc, Jerry
Description: Article on mechanical deformations and coherent transport in carbon nanotubes. Abstract: We have investigated the conductance of carbon nanotubes under mechanical distortions likely to occur when forming nanoscale electronic devices. Using a realistic tight-binding Hamiltonian, several structure-dependent classes of electrical behavior in deformed nanotubes have been discovered. Bending, defects, and tube-tube contacts are shown to strongly modify transport in individual nanotubes, and to induce, in some cases, metal semi-conductor transitions. These results provide a clear interpretation of recent experimental findings and suggest avenues for their use in devices.
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