Drawing a single nanofibre over hundreds of microns
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31055 Toulouse, cedex 4, France
Accepted: 19 February 1998
We demonstrate that the limits of drawing of fibre can be pushed down to nanometre dimensions. By a process similar to dry-spinning, nanofibres can be drawn with ultimate dimensions comparable with the ones of single-wall carbon nanotubes. An important difference with tubes is that our nanofibres are produced one at a time. It is also shown that the nanofibre can be positionned precisely on a surface during fabrication, and can then be cut or manipulated by an AFM tip.
PACS: 81.20.Hy – Forming; molding, extrusion etc / 81.20.Zx – Other methods of materials synthesis and materials processing
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