Plasma-controlled adatom delivery and (re)distribution: Enabling uninterrupted, low-temperature growth of ultralong vertically aligned single walled carbon nanotubes

Tam, Eugene; Ostrikov, Kostya (Ken)
December 2008
Applied Physics Letters;12/29/2008, Vol. 93 Issue 26, p261504
Academic Journal
Large-scale (∼109 atoms) numerical simulations reveal that plasma-controlled dynamic delivery and redistribution of carbon atoms between the substrate and nanotube surfaces enable the growth of ultralong single walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and explain the common experimental observation of slower growth at advanced stages. It is shown that the plasma-based processes feature up to two orders of magnitude higher growth rates than equivalent neutral-gas systems and are better suited for the SWCNT synthesis at low nanodevice friendly temperatures.


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