Effect of bending and vacancies on the conductance of carbon nanotubes
2000 (English)In: Physical Review B, ISSN 1050-2947 (print) 1094-1622 (online), Vol. 62, no 11, 7639-7644 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Electron transport through nanotubes is studied theoretically using the Landauer formalism. The studies are carried out for finite metallic nanotubes that bridge two contacts pads. The current is observed to increase stepwise with the applied voltage. Each step corresponds to resonance tunneling including one single-particle eigenstate of the nanotube. Moderate bending of the nanotube results in a shift of the single-particle levels but the overall current remains essentially unaffected. For large bending, however, the π electron system becomes more disturbed, which introduces backscattering and a marked decrease in the conductivity along the tube. A single carbon vacancy in the nanotube is shown to have very small effect on the conductivity in the center of the metallic band whereas, by increasing the defect concentration the conductivity decreases in the same way as for the strongly bent tubes.
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2000. Vol. 62, no 11, 7639-7644 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-14060DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.62.7639OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-14060DiVA: diva2:22552