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Study of Carbon Nanotubes Under High Pressure

  • J. Tang (a1), L.C. Qin (a2), A. Matsushita (a1), T. Kikegawa (a3), M. Yudasaka (a2), S. Bandow (a4) and S. Iijima (a2) (a4)...

Abstract

The elastic behavior and structural changes of single-walled carbon nanotubes under hydrostatic pressure produced by a gasketed diamond anvil cell has been studied using in situ synchrotron x-ray diffraction. The compaction of the raft-like bundles of single-walled carbon nanotube showed a linear behavior up to 1.5 GPa pressure and the volume compressibility deduced from the experimental data is 0.024 GPa−1. The elastic deformation is attributed to the combination of a reduction in the inter-tubular distance and the polygonization of the otherwise circular nanotube sections.

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