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Carbon nanotubes

Old nanotubes, new tricks

Despite more than a decade of study, single-wall carbon nanotubes still have the ability to surprise. One recent study finds that in ultraclean nanotubes an unexpectedly strong spin–orbit coupling arises; another demonstrates their ability to support one-dimensional Wigner crystals.

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Figure 1: Electrons in carbon nanotubes.


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Nygård, J. Old nanotubes, new tricks. Nature Phys 4, 266–267 (2008).

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