Ways to Increase the Length of Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes in a Magnetically Enhanced Arc Discharge

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It is demonstrated that the magnetic field has a profound effect on the length of a single wall carbon nanotube (SWNT) synthesized in the arc discharge. An average length of SWNT increases by a factor of 2 in discharge with magnetic field as compared with the discharge without magnetic field, and an amount of long nanotubes with the length above 5 micron also increases. A model of SWNT growth on metal catalyst in arc plasma was developed. Monte-Carlo simulations confirm that the increase of the plasma density in the magnetic field leads to an increase in the nanotube growth rate and thus leads to longer nanotubes.

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Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: 1, Nanotechnology 2008: Materials, Fabrication, Particles, and Characterization – Technical Proceedings of the 2008 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show, Volume 1
Published: June 1, 2008
Pages: 152 - 155
Industry sector: Advanced Materials & Manufacturing
Topics: Carbon Nano Structures & Devices
ISBN: 978-1-4200-8503-7