Channelling of dipolar molecules through carbon nanotubes

Nanotechnology 18, 424034 (2007)

Channelling of dipolar molecules through carbon nanotubes

D J Mowbray, S Chung, Z L Mišković, F O Goodman

We study the dynamic polarization of carbon nanotubes caused by the propagation of fast electric dipoles under channelling conditions. We specifically analyse the position and orientation dependences of the dipole self-energy, stopping force, and the torque about the dipole centre. It is found that a dipole is strongly attracted to the nanotube wall and shows a tendency to orient itself perpendicular to the direction of motion. The stopping force shows more complex behaviour, but is generally found to be larger close to the nanotube wall and when oriented in the perpendicular direction at higher speeds.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0957-4484/18/42/424034

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