Nucleation of carbon nanotubes without pentagonal rings

Peihong Zhang, Vincent H. Crespi

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We describe a new mechanism for the nucleation of carbon nanotubes which does not require an abrupt transition from pentagonal ring formation to exclusively hexagon formation. This mechanism, the spontaneous opening of double-layered graphitic patches, is quantitatively consistent with the recently discovered temperature dependence of the nanotube diameter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1791-1794
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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