Handbook of Nanophysics: Nanotubes and Nanowires

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  • Covers the fundamental physics of nanotubes and nanowires
  • Includes introductions in each chapter—useful to nonspecialists and students
  • Enriches state-of-the-art scientific content with fundamental equations and illustrations, some in color
  • Contains chapters extensively peer reviewed by senior scientists in nanophysics and related areas of nanoscience
  • Promotes new ideas for future fundamental research


Intensive research on fullerenes, nanoparticles, and quantum dots in the 1990s led to interest in nanotubes and nanowires in subsequent years. Handbook of Nanophysics: Nanotubes and Nanowires focuses on the fundamental physics and latest applications of these important nanoscale materials and structures. Each peer-reviewed chapter contains a broad-based introduction and enhances understanding of the state-of-the-art scientific content through fundamental equations and illustrations, some in color.

This volume first covers key aspects of carbon nanotubes, including quantum and electron transport, isotope engineering, and fluid flow, before exploring inorganic nanotubes, such as spinel oxide nanotubes, magnetic nanotubes, and self-assembled peptide nanostructures. It then focuses on germanium, gallium nitride, gold, polymer, and organic nanowires and their properties. The book also discusses nanowire arrays, nanorods, atomic wires, monatomic chains, ultrathin gold nanowires, and several nanorings, including superconducting, ferromagnetic, and quantum dot nanorings.

Nanophysics brings together multiple disciplines to determine the structural, electronic, optical, and thermal behavior of nanomaterials; electrical and thermal conductivity; the forces between nanoscale objects; and the transition between classical and quantum behavior. Facilitating communication across many disciplines, this landmark publication encourages scientists with disparate interests to collaborate on interdisciplinary projects and incorporate the theory and methodology of other areas into their work.

Table of Contents

Carbon Nanotubes
Pristine and Filled Double-Walled Carbon Nanotubes, Zujin Shi, Zhiyong Wang, and Zhennan Gu
Quantum Transport in Carbon Nanotubes, Kalman Varga
Electron Transport in Carbon Nanotubes, Na Young Kim
Thermal Conductance of Carbon Nanotubes, Li Shi
Terahertz Radiation from Carbon Nanotubes, Andrei M. Nemilentsau, Gregory Ya. Slepyan, Sergey A. Maksimenko, Oleg V. Kibis, and Mikhail E. Portnoi
Isotope Engineering in Nanotube Research, Ferenc Simon
Raman Spectroscopy of sp2 Nano-Carbons, Mildred S. Dresselhaus, Gene Dresselhaus, and Ado Jorio
Dispersions and Aggregation of Carbon Nanotubes, Jeffery R. Alston, Harsh Chaturvedi, Michael W. Forney, Natalie Herring, and Jordan C. Poler
Functionalization of Carbon Nanotubes for Assembly, Igor Vasiliev
Carbon Nanotube Y-Junctions, Prabhakar R. Bandaru
Fluid Flow in Carbon Nanotubes, Max Whitby and Nick Quirke

Inorganic Nanotubes
Inorganic Fullerenes and Nanotubes, Andrey Enyashin and Gotthard Seifert
Spinel Oxide Nanotubes and Nanowires, Hong Jin Fan
Magnetic Nanotubes, Eugenio E. Vogel, Patricio Vargas, Dora Altbir, and Juan Escrig
Self-Assembled Peptide Nanostructures, Lihi Adler-Abramovich and Ehud Gazit

Types of Nanowires
Germanium Nanowires, Sanjay V. Khare, Sunil Kumar R. Patil, and Suneel Kodambaka
One-Dimensional Metal Oxide Nanostructures, Binni Varghese, Chorng Haur Sow, and Chwee Teck Lim
Gallium Nitride Nanowires, Catherine Stampfl and Damien J. Carter
Gold Nanowires, Edison Z. da Silva, Antonio J.R. da Silva, and Adalberto Fazzio
Polymer Nanowires, Atikur Rahman and Milan K. Sanyal
Organic Nanowires, Frank Balzer, Morten Madsen, Jakob Kjelstrup-Hansen, Manuela Schiek, and Horst-Gunter Rubahn

Nanowire Arrays
Magnetic Nanowire Arrays, Adekunle O. Adeyeye and Sarjoosing Goolaup
Networks of Nanorods, Tanja Schilling, Swetlana Jungblut, and Mark A. Miller

Nanowire Properties
Mechanical Properties of GaN Nanowires, Zhiguo Wang, Fei Gao, Xiaotao Zu, Jingbo Li, and William J. Weber
Optical Properties of Anisotropic Metamaterial Nanowires, Wentao Trent Lu and Srinivas Sridhar
Thermal Transport in Semiconductor Nanowires, Padraig Murphy and Joel E. Moore
The Wigner Transition in Nanowires, David Hughes, Robinson Cortes-Huerto, and Pietro Ballone
Spin Relaxation in Quantum Wires, Paul Wenk and Stefan Kettemann
Quantum Magnetic Oscillations in Nanowires, A. Sasha Alexandrov, Victor V. Kabanov, and Iorwerth O. Thomas
Spin-Density Wave in a Quantum Wire, Oleg A. Starykh
Spin Waves in Ferromagnetic Nanowires and Nanotubes, Hock Siah Lim and Meng Hau Kuok
Optical Antenna Effects in Semiconductor Nanowires, Jian Wu and Peter C. Eklund
Theory of Quantum Ballistic Transport in Nanowire Cross-Junctions, Kwok Sum Chan

Atomic Wires and Point Contact
Atomic Wires, Nicolas Agrait
Monatomic Chains, Roel H.M. Smit and Jan M. van Ruitenbeek
Ultrathin Gold Nanowires, Takeo Hoshi, Yusuke Iguchi, and Takeo Fujiwara
Electronic Transport through Atomic-Size Point Contacts, Elke Scheer
Quantum Point Contact in Two-Dimensional Electron Gas, Igor V. Zozoulenko and Siarhei Ihnatsenka

Nanoscale Rings
Nanorings, Katla Sai Krishna and Muthusamy Eswaramoorthy
Superconducting Nanowires and Nanorings, Andrei D. Zaikin
Switching Mechanism in Ferromagnetic Nanorings, Wen Zhang and Stephan Haas
Quantum Dot Nanorings, Ioan Baldea and Lorenz S. Cederbaum


Editor Bio(s)

Klaus D. Sattler is a professor of physics at the University of Hawaii-Manoa in Honolulu. A pioneer in nanophysics, Dr. Sattler built the first atomic cluster source in 1980, which became a cornerstone for nanoscience and nanotechnology. In 1994, his research group at the University of Hawaii produced the first carbon nanocones. His current research focuses on novel nanomaterials, tunneling spectroscopy of quantum dots, and solar photocatalysis with nanoparticles for the purification of water. Dr. Sattler has been a recipient of the Walter Schottky Prize from the German Physical Society