Condensation of helium in nanotube bundles

M. W. Cole, Vincent H. Crespi, G. Stan, C. Ebner, Jacob M. Hartman, S. Moroni, M. Boninsegni

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Helium atoms are strongly attracted to the interstitial channels within a bundle of carbon nanotubes. The strong corrugation of the axial potential within a channel can produce a lattice gas system wherein the weak mutual attraction between atoms in neighboring channels induces a transition to an anisotropic condensed phase. At low temperatures, the specific heat of the adsorbate phase (with fewer than 2% of the atoms) greatly exceeds that of the host.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3883-3886
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number17
StatePublished - 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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