School of Physics and Astronomy

FROM MESOSCALE TO NANOSCALE MECHANICS IN SINGLE-WALL CARBON NANOTUBES

17 October 2017 - 23 October 2017

Time: 2:29 - 2:30pm
Venue: GO Jones Room 610

The radial collapse of single-wall carbon nanotubes under high pressure is a probe of the mechanical properties of graphene.  It turns out to distinguish their mesoscale and their nanoscale mechanics. The evolution with pressure of the Raman spectra for nine tube chiralities is investigated. In this part, I will also be discussing the general problem of the efficient and objective fitting of spectra.  Both experiment and  theoretical modelling reveals a previously unsuspected deviation from continuum mechanics.  Deviations from the continuum mechanics predictions start to be of significance for diameters smaller than 1 nm. The question is whether this is an effect of small size. In fact it turns out to be, rather, an effect of the discretization of the elastic compliances around the circumference of the tubes.