Manipulation of Nanotubes with Scanning Probe Microscopies

Scanning probe microscopies not only can be utilized to probe the fundamental electronic properties of carbon nanotubes but also to manipulate them. The ability to manipulate carbon nanotubes on surfaces with scanning probe techniques enables investigations of nanotube/surface interactions, mechanical properties and deformations, and controllable assembly of nanotube electrical devices. Examples of experiments that have exploited the ability of AFM to connect from the macroscopic world to the nanometer scale and thereby elucidate new behavior and physical properties of nanotubes are discussed below.

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