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General Rules Governing the Highly Efficient Growth of Carbon Nanotubes

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  • Don N. Futaba,

    1. Nanotube Research Center National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Central 5, 1-1-1 Higashi Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8565 (Japan)
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  • Jundai Goto,

    1. Nanotube Research Center National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Central 5, 1-1-1 Higashi Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8565 (Japan)
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  • Satoshi Yasuda,

    1. Nanotube Research Center National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Central 5, 1-1-1 Higashi Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8565 (Japan)
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  • Takeo Yamada,

    1. Nanotube Research Center National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Central 5, 1-1-1 Higashi Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8565 (Japan)
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  • Motoo Yumura,

    1. Nanotube Research Center National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Central 5, 1-1-1 Higashi Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8565 (Japan)
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  • Kenji Hata

    Corresponding author
    1. Nanotube Research Center National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Central 5, 1-1-1 Higashi Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8565 (Japan)
    2. Japan Science and Technology Agency, c/o AIST 34 Miyukigaoka, Tsukuba Ibaraki 305-8501 (Japan)
    • Nanotube Research Center National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Central 5, 1-1-1 Higashi Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8565 (Japan).
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Abstract

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The key to highly efficient growth of carbon nanotubes includes two essential ingredients in the growth ambient: a carbon source that does not contain oxygen and a minute quantity of a secondary gas, which does contain oxygen, that acts as a growth enhancer. These and other general rules governing the growth of carbon nanotubes and the fundamental reasons from which they arise are presented.

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