Title: Atomic scale design of carbon nanotubes: the way to produce bolt and nut pairs

Authors: Yu.E. Lozovik, A.G. Nikolaev, A.M. Popov

Addresses: Institute of Spectroscopy, Russian Academy of Science, 142190 Troitsk, Moscow region, Russia. ' Institute of Spectroscopy, Russian Academy of Science, 142190 Troitsk, Moscow region, Russia. ' Institute of Spectroscopy, Russian Academy of Science, 142190 Troitsk, Moscow region, Russia

Abstract: The structures of double wall carbon nanotubes (DWNTs) with atomic scale defects that can operate as bolt and nut pairs are analysed. The barriers and threshold forces for the relative motion of walls along the thread line and for twistoff are calculated for various types of defects. It is found that a type of defect does not influence the qualitative characteristics of a thread. The possibility of producing of the DWNT (which can operate as bolt and nut pair) by selforganisation is proposed.

Keywords: carbon nanotubes; atomic scale design; nanomechanics; nanodevice; bolt; nut.

DOI: 10.1504/IJNT.2005.008063

International Journal of Nanotechnology, 2005 Vol.2 No.3, pp.255 - 270

Published online: 11 Nov 2005 *

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