Mechanical energy dissipation of multiwalled carbon nanotube in ultrahigh vacuum

Takahito Ono, Shinya Sugimoto, Hidetoshi Miyashita, Masayoshi Esashi

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Mechanical elements composed of an individual multiwalled carbon nanotube was fabricated and its mechanical energy dissipation was evaluated in an ultrahigh vacuum. The carbon nanotube was oscillated by applying a voltage between the carbon nanotube and a metal electrode, and its vibration was detected by a laser Doppler vibrometer. Heating in vacuum desorbed contaminants from the carbon nanotube surface and decreased mechanical energy loss. However, the Q factor, i.e., the reciprocal number of the energy loss, was still low (∼800). This result suggests that the dominant energy dissipation relies on the bulk defect of the carbon nanotube.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L683-L684
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics
Issue number6 B
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jun 15


  • Laser Doppler vibrometer
  • Mechanical quality factor (Q factor)
  • Multiwalled carbon nanotube
  • Surface effect
  • Ultrahigh vacuum


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