Universal response of single-wall carbon nanotubes to radial compression.

Abstract

The mechanical response of single-wall carbon nanotubes to radial compression is investigated via atomic force microscopy (AFM). We find that the force F applied by an AFM tip (with radius R) onto a nanotube (with diameter d), rescaled through the quantity Fd;{3/2}(2R);{-1/2}, falls into a universal curve as a function of the compressive strain. Such… (More)

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