Anomalous effective dimensionality of quantum gas adsorption near nanopores

Steven J. Full, Jessica P. McNutt, Milton W. Cole, Mamadou T. Mbaye, Silvina M. Gatica

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Three problems involving quasi-one-dimensional (1D) ideal gases are discussed. The simplest problem involves quantum particles localized within the groove, a quasi-1D region created by two adjacent, identical and parallel nanotubes. At low temperature (T), the transverse motion of the adsorbed gas, in the plane perpendicular to the axes of the tubes, is frozen out. Then, the low T heat capacity C(T) of N particles is that of a ID classical gas: C*(T) = C(T)/(NkB) → 1/2. The dimensionless heat capacity C*increases when T ≥ 0.1Tx,y (transverse excitation temperatures), asymptoting at C*= 2.5. The second problem involves a gas localized between two nearly parallel, co-planar nanotubes, with small divergence half-angle y. In this case, too, the transverse motion does not contribute to C(T) at low T, leaving a problem of a gas of particles in a ID harmonic potential (along the z axis, midway between the tubes). Setting ωz as the angular frequency of this motion, for T ≥ τz = ωzh/kB, the behavior approaches that of a 2D classical gas, C*= 1; one might have expected instead C*= 1/2, as in the groove problem, since the limit γ ≡ 0 is 1D. For T ≪ C τz, the thermal behavior is exponentially activated, C*∼ (τz/T)2e -τz/T. At higher T (T ≈ ∈y/kB ≡ τy ≫ τz), motion is excited in the y direction, perpendicular to the plane of nanotubes, resulting in thermal behavior (C*= 7/4) corresponding to a gas in 7/2 dimensions, while at very high T (T > hωx/kB ≡ τx ≫ τy), the behavior becomes that of a D = 11/2 system. The third problem is that of a gas of particles, e.g. 4He, confined in the interstitial region between four square parallel pores. The low T behavior found in this case is again surprising - that of a 5D gas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number334206
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Issue number33
StatePublished - Aug 25 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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