Three-stage structural modification of carbon nanotubes by swift heavy ion irradiation

Jeet, Kiran and Jindal, V.K. and Bharadwaj, L.M. and Bhandari, Rajiv and Dharamvir, Keya (2012) Three-stage structural modification of carbon nanotubes by swift heavy ion irradiation. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, 285. pp. 30-36. ISSN 0168-583X

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A study on the structural evolution of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) under irradiation by swift heavy ions (SHIs) of widely varying electronic energy loss (Se) values is presented. The control over Se is exercised through the choice of ion species used for irradiation. The ion beams used are those of nickel and gold with energies 60 and 120 MeV, respectively. Structural changes in CNTs were investigated qualitatively using Raman spectroscopy. Results of irradiation indicate that the structural modifications of CNTs can be broadly divided in three stages. At very low fluences the process of healing occurs; at intermediate fluences damage to the surface of CNTs predominates and nano-graphitic formations are seen; at very high fluences, of the order of 1 × 1014 ions/cm2, the system becomes amorphous. The stable nature of single walled carbon nanotubes compared to multiwalled carbon nanotubes, is also established from the Raman spectroscopy results.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Carbon nanotubes; Raman spectroscopy; Ion irradiation; Healing and disorder
Subjects: CSIO > Nano Science and Nano Technology
Divisions: Nano Science and Nano Technology
Depositing User: Ms. J Shrivastav
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2013 06:18
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2013 06:18

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