PACS: 72.80.Rj; 73.23.Hk; 85.65.+h
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics
Abstract. We review transport measurements on single-walled carbon nanotubes contacted by metal electrodes. At room temperature some devices show transistor action similar to that of p-channel field effect transistors, while others behave as gate-voltage independent wires. At low temperatures transport is usually dominated by Coulomb blockade. In this regime the quantum eigenstates of the finite-length tubes can be studied. At higher temperatures power law behaviour is observed for the temperature and bias dependence of the conductance. This is consistent with tunneling into a one-dimensional Luttinger liquid in a nanotube. We also discuss recent developments in contacting nanotubes which should soon allow study of their intrinsic transport properties.
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