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Elastic Properties of Carbon Nanotubes: An Atomistic Approach

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Energetically the single sheet of graphite (graphene) is more stable than the nanotube. The energy difference between the two systems can be directly related to the strain energy involved in rolling up the graphene sheet to form the nanotube. We have carried out first-principle electronic structure calculations and evaluated the strain energy as a function of the nanotube radius. The dependence of the strain energy on the diameter of the nanotube has been found by several groups to be well-described by a continuum elasticity model. We attempt to examine why this is the case and show where atomistics enter the description.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2007

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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