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# Pressure-induced Interlinking Of Carbon Nanotubes

T. Yildirim, O. Gulseren, Ç. Kılıç, S. Ciraci
Published 2000 · Materials Science, Physics

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We predict new forms of carbon consisting of one- and two-dimensional networks of interlinked single-wall carbon nanotubes, some of which are energetically more stable than van der Waals packing of the nanotubes on a hexagonal lattice. These interlinked nanotubes are further transformed with higher applied external pressures to more dense and complicated stable structures, in which curvature-induced carbon ${\mathrm{sp}}^{3}$ rehybridizations are formed. We also discuss the energetics of the bond formation between nanotubes and the electronic properties of these predicted novel structures.

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