Interplay of Aharonov-Bohm, chirality, and aspect-ratio effects in the axial conductance of a nanotube

Eugene B. Kolomeisky, Hussain Zaidi, Joseph P. Straley

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Abstract

A magnetic field applied along the axis of a nanotube can counteract the effect of the tube chirality and dramatically affect its conductance, leading to a way to determine the chirality of a nanotube. The effect of the applied field is strongest in the long tube limit where the conductance is either (i) a sequence of sharp 4e2/h height peaks located at integer values of the flux (for an armchair tube) or (ii) a periodic sequence of pairs of 2e2/h height peaks for a chiral tube, with the spacing determined by the chirality. In the short tube limit, the conductance takes on the value that gives the universal conductivity of an undoped graphene sheet, with a small amplitude modulation periodic in the flux.

Original languageEnglish
Article number073404
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume85
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 9 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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