Interstitial He and Ne in Nanotube Bundles

George Stan, Vincent H. Crespi, Milton W. Cole, Massimo Boninsegni

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We explore the properties of atoms confined to the interstitial regions within a carbon nanotube bundle. We find that He and Ne atoms are of ideal size for physisorption interactions, so that their binding energies are much greater there than on planar surfaces of any known material. Hence high density phases exist at even small vapor pressure. There can result extraordinary anisotropic liquids or crystalline phases, depending on the magnitude of the corrugation within the interstitial channels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)447-452
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Low Temperature Physics
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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