Thermal Conductance of Carbon Nanotubes

Authored by: Li Shi

Handbook of Nanophysics

Print publication date:  September  2010
Online publication date:  September  2010

Print ISBN: 9781420075427
eBook ISBN: 9781420075434
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Carbon nanotubes are a class of unique nanostructures that are being explored for applications in nanoelectronics, interconnects, sensors, biomedicine, and energy applications. They also provide an ideal low-dimensional system for investigating nanoscale thermal transport physics that often dictates the performance and reliability of functional devices made of carbon nanotubes. For example, the current-carrying capability of nanotubes depends on the temperature rise during self-heating, which is in turn limited by the thermal property of nanotubes. This chapter starts with a review of the fundamentals of thermal conduction in solids and a discussion of the theoretical descriptions of the unique features of thermal conduction in carbon nanotubes.

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