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Keywords:

  • carbon nanotubes;
  • high pressure;
  • Raman spectroscopy;
  • diamond anvil cell

Abstract

Raman studies of nanotubes under pressure have been a lively area of research. However, the results are not always as expected and at times have not been adequately explained. One example of the diversity of the results is the higher energy Raman mode (the graphitic mode, GM) shift to higher wavenumber under pressure. Here we report a new high-pressure Raman study showing that the effects of the variation in the tube diameters and the pressure transmitting medium are both crucial for understanding the outcomes of such high-pressure experiments. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.