A method to synthesise and tailor carbon nanotubes by electron irradiation in the TEM

Carbon Nanotubes, NATO Science Series II: Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, Ed. V.N. Popov and P. Lambin, Springer, Netherlands Vol. 222, p. 49 - 50 (2006)

A method to synthesise and tailor carbon nanotubes by electron irradiation in the TEM

R. Caudillo, M. José Yacaman, H.E. Troiani, M.A.L. Marques, A. Rubio

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) can be synthesized from amorphous carbon thin films by electron irradiation in the transmission electron microscope (TEM). We propose that irradiation effects impart a tensile stress and introduce defects to a CNT thus formed and show that the CNTs can be made to fracture by a brittle or ductile mechanism. We also report a healing of the carbon film that is observed after some critical amount of irradiation.

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