Physics of carbon nanotubes

M. S. Dresselhaus, G. Dresselhaus, R. Saito

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The fundamental relations governing the geometry of carbon nanotubes are reviewed, and explicit examples are presented. A framework is given for the symmetry properties of carbon nanotubes for both symmorphic and non-symmorphic tubules which have screw-axis symmetry. The implications of symmetry on the vibrational and electronic structure of 1D carbon nanotube systems are considered. The corresponding properties of double-wall nanotubes and arrays of nanotubes are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)883-891
Number of pages9
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Single-wall
  • chiral nanotubes
  • electronic bands
  • multi-wall
  • tubule arrays
  • vibrational modes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)


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