Local temperature during the growth of multiwalled carbon nanotubes

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Abstract

Lack of information on the local environmental conditions during the growth of carbon nanotubes has hindered efforts to understand the formation of these unique nanoscale structures. However, certain thermal fluctuations during nanotube growth are locked into the final structure. The thermal dispersion in the diameters of tube end caps reveals that multiwalled nanotubes grow and taper at temperatures much lower than the commonly quoted plasma temperatures for the arc discharge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2908-2910
Number of pages3
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume82
Issue number14
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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