Transport in nanotubes: Effect of remote impurity scattering

Alexey G. Petrov, Slava V. Rotkin

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The theory of the remote Coulomb impurity scattering in single-wall carbon nanotubes is developed within a one-electron approximation. The Boltzmann equation is solved within the drift-diffusion model to obtain the tube conductivity. The conductivity depends on the type of the nanotube band structure (metal or semiconductor) and on the electron Fermi energy. We found that the exponential dependence of the conductivity on the Fermi energy is due to the Coulomb scattering rate having a strong dependence on the momentum transfer. We calculate intrasubband and intersubband scattering rates and present general expressions for the conductivity. Numerical results, as well as obtained analytical expressions, show that the degenerately doped semiconductor tubes may have very high mobility unless the doping level becomes too high and the intersubband transitions impede the electron transport.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number035408
Pages (from-to)035408-1-035408-10
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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