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Investigation of Electron Momentum Density in Carbon Nanotubes Using Transmission Electron Microscopy

  • Zhenbao Feng (a1), Hefu Li (a1), Zongliang Wang (a1), Xiaoyan Zhang (a1), Hengshuai Li (a2), Haiquan Hu (a1) and Dangsheng Su (a3)...


Valence Compton profiles (CPs) of multiwall (MWCNTs) and single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) were obtained by recording electron energy-loss spectra at large momentum transfer in the transmission electron microscope, a technique known as electron Compton scattering from solids (ECOSS). The experimental MWCNT/SWCNT results were compared with that of graphite. Differences between the valence CPs of MWCNTs and SWCNTs were observed, and the SWCNT CPs indicate a greater delocalization of the ground-state charge density compared to graphite. The results clearly demonstrate the feasibility and potential of the ECOSS technique as a complementary tool for studying the electronic structure of materials with nanoscale spatial resolution.


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  • Zhenbao Feng (a1), Hefu Li (a1), Zongliang Wang (a1), Xiaoyan Zhang (a1), Hengshuai Li (a2), Haiquan Hu (a1) and Dangsheng Su (a3)...


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