Universal interaction-driven gap in metallic carbon nanotubes Public Deposited



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  • Suspended metallic carbon nanotubes (m-CNTs) exhibit a remarkably large transport gap that can exceed 100 meV. Both experiment and theory suggest that strong electron-electron interactions play a crucial role in generating this electronic structure. To further understand this strongly-interacting system, we have performed electronic measurements of suspended m-CNTs with known diameter and chiral angle. Spectrally-resolved photocurrent microscopy was used to determine m-CNT structure. The room-temperature electrical characteristics of 18 individual-contacted m-CNTs were compared to their respective diameter and chiral angle. At the charge neutrality point, we observe a peak in m-CNT resistance that scales exponentially with inverse diameter. Using a thermally-activated transport model, we estimate that the transport gap is 450 meV∙nm/D where D is CNT diameter. We find no correlation between the gap and the CNT chiral angle. Our results add important new constraints to theories attempting to describe the electronic structure of m-CNTs.
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  • Phys. Rev. B 97, 035445 (2018)
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  • 97
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  • 035445
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