Radial deformation of carbon nanotubes by van der Waals forces

  title={Radial deformation of carbon nanotubes by van der Waals forces},
  author={Rodney S. Ruoff and Jerry Tersoff and Donald C. Lorents and Shekhar Subramoney and Bryan Chan},
THE discovery of carbon nanotubes1,2 has stimulated many theoretical studies of their physical properties3–12, and their bulk synthesis13 should soon make possible experimental measurements of these properties14. All studies so far have assumed that the nanotubes have perfect cylindrical symmetry. Here we show that van der Waals forces between adjacent nanotubes can deform them substantially, destroying this cylindrical symmetry. We present transmission electron microscopy images of two… CONTINUE READING
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