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Nanosphere and Carbon Nanotube as Motor and Gun Controlled by Light

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We propose a system like motor and gun molecular that has the open extremities of external nanotube using the internal C60 nanosphere as a probe. The system consists of a rigid and static nanotube opened and the internal C60 probe that allows relaxation between them. The initial position of C60 is out of symmetry that permits the probe to start the system movement due to van der Waals force acting in the probe. The simulation was made by classic molecular dynamics with standard parameterization. We calculated thermodynamics properties of these two devices as molar specific heat and molar entropy variation. Properties as probe speed were obtained like molecular motor and gun versus time. The nanotube has 360 carbon atoms with up to almost 0.7 ns of simulation. These facts can be useful for building new molecular machines.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2011

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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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