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|Title:||Mechanics of nanotubes oscillating in carbon nanotube bundles|
|Citation:||Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series A-Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences, 2008; 464(2091):691-710|
|Publisher:||Royal Soc London|
|Barry J. Cox, Ngamta Thamwattana and James M. Hill|
|Abstract:||Carbon nanotubes are nanostructures that promise much in the area of constructing nanoscale devices due to their enhanced mechanical, electrical and thermal properties. In this paper, we examine a gigahertz oscillator that comprises a carbon nanotube oscillating in a uniform concentric ring or bundle of carbon nanotubes. A number of existing results for nanotube oscillators are employed to analyse the design considerations of optimizing such a device, and significant new results are also derived. These include a new analytical expression for the interaction per unit length of two parallel carbon nanotubes involving the Appell hypergeometric functions. This expression is employed to precisely determine the relationship between the bundle radius and the radii of the nanotubes forming the bundle. Furthermore, several pragmatic approximations are also given, including the relationships between the bundle radius and the constituent nanotube radius and the oscillating tube radius and the bundle nanotube radius. We also present a simplified analysis of the force and energy for a nanotube oscillating in a nanotube bundle leading to an expression for the oscillating frequency and the maximum oscillating frequency, including constraints on configurations under which this maximum is possible.|
|Keywords:||carbon nanotubes; gigahertz oscillators; Lennard-Jones potential; acceptance and suction energies|
|Rights:||Copyright 2008 The Royal Society|
|Appears in Collections:||Mathematical Sciences publications|
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