Tight-binding computation of the STM image of carbon nanotubes

V. Meunier, Ph Lambin

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STM imaging of single-wall carbon nanotubes has recently been achieved with atomic resolution, revealing the chirality of the carbon network. In this work, a theoretical modeling of scanning tunneling microscopy of the nanotubes is presented, based on a tight-binding π-electron Hamiltonian. This theory is simple enough to be used routinely for the computation of STM images and current-voltage characteristics, making it possible to investigate specific effects of the network curvature and topology such as a pentagon-heptagon pair defect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5588-5591
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number25
StatePublished - 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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