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Nature Materials volume 3, pages 135136 (2004) | Download Citation

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The mechanical properties of nanotube bundles are limited by the sliding of individual nanotubes across each other. Introducing crosslinks between the nanotubes by electron irradiation prevents sliding, and leads to dramatic improvements in strength.

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  1. Pulickel M. Ajayan is at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, USA. ajayan@rpi.edu

    • Pulickel M. Ajayan
  2. Florian Banhart is at the Institut für Physikalische Chemie, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, 55099 Mainz, Germany. Banhart@uni-mainz.de

    • Florian Banhart

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