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Electronic Response and Bandstructure Modulation of Carbon Nanotubes in a Transverse Electrical Field

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posted on 2003-01-11, 00:00 authored by Yan Li, Slava V. Rotkin, Umberto Ravaioli
The electronic properties of carbon nanotubes (NTs) in a uniform transverse field are investigated within a single orbital tight-binding (TB) model. For doped nanotubes, the dielectric function is found to depend not only on symmetry of the tube, but also on radius and Fermi level position. Band gap opening/closing is predicted for zigzag tubes, while it is found that armchair tubes always remain metallic, which is explained by the symmetry in their configuration. The bandstructures for both types are considerably modified when the field strength is large enough to mix neighboring subbands.