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Multiple-telescoping multi-walled carbon nanotubes fabricated inside a TEM

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4 Author(s)
Nakajima, M. ; Dept. of Micro-Nano Syst. Eng., Nagoya Univ., Nagoya ; Pou Liu ; Arai, S. ; Fukuda, T.

We present multiple-telescoping multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) fabricated inside a transmission electron microscope (TEM). A MWCNT was peeled off its outer layers by destructive fabrication process. The single MWCNT was picked up and positioned inside a scanning electron microscope (SEM) for in situ fabrication inside a TEM. The fabrication process is carried out by nanomanipulation system though hybrid nanorobotic manipulation system, which is integrated SEM and TEM manipulators. From TEM images, the raw MWCNT has some "gnarl" type defects and they are readily affected on the multiple-telescoping nanotube construction. The multiple-telescoping nanotube has a possibility of nano-scale low- friction bearing for the NEMS applications.

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Nanotechnology, 2007. IEEE-NANO 2007. 7th IEEE Conference on

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2-5 Aug. 2007