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Fullerene Shuttle Memory Device Based on Nanopeapod: Classical Molecular Dynamics Study

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We studied the energetics and the operations of a fullerene shuttle memory element based on a carbon nanopeapod using classical molecular dynamics simulations. The system proposed in this report was composed of a (10, 10) carbon nanotube, three C60's and two copper electrodes encapsulated in (10, 10) carbon nanotube. Since the lowest energy configurations were found in the both ends terminated by C60's attached at copper electrodes, the interactions between C60's stabilized the shuttle fullerene at the both ends of the proposed system. Therefore, the bit flops could be classified with both the position of the shuttle media and the potential energy of the system. Molecular simulation results showed that the switching speed, the applied force field, and the active region should be considered to design the proposed system. This paper shows a probability of a memory element based on carbon nanopeapods in the nanometer ranges.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2004-09-01

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  • Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience is an international peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidates research activities in all aspects of computational and theoretical nanoscience into a single reference source. This journal offers scientists and engineers peer-reviewed research papers in all aspects of computational and theoretical nanoscience and nanotechnology in chemistry, physics, materials science, engineering and biology to publish original full papers and timely state-of-the-art reviews and short communications encompassing the fundamental and applied research.
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