Patterns in the bulk growth of carbon nanotubes

T. W. Ebbesen, H. Hiura, J. Fujita, Y. Ochiai, S. Matsui, K. Tanigaki

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The growth of nanotubes in carbon arc plasma is described in detail. The structure and organization of the nanotube deposits observed by SEM and AFM reveal a fractal-like pattern of growth. One of the key units of growth appears to be the micro-bundle composed of neatly packed and aligned nanotubes. The micro-bundle together with the field and current might explain the high formation yield of nanotubes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-90
Number of pages8
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1993 Jun 25
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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