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How Do You Cut a Nanotube? Lots of Compression
December 16, 2010
Researchers at Brown University and in Korea have described the dynamics behind cutting single-walled carbon nanotubes, cylindrical structures just 1/50,000th the width of a human hair. The tubes are compressed by potent sonic booms, causing them to buckle at certain points at helical, 90-degree angles. The finding could lead to better-quality nanotubes for potential use in automotive, electronic, optics and other fields. Results appear in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A.
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