Controlling atomic joints between carbon nanotubes by electric current.

Abstract

Using a transmission electron microscope and a nanomanipulator, we explored the early head-to-head coalescence of two capped carbon nanotubes (CNTs) under induction of electric current. We measured detaching forces for coalesced CNTs, showing discrete identifiable values attributable to van der Waals interaction, single sp2-like bonds, and double sp3-like… (More)

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