The picture shows partially the interior of a spectrometer where laser light is guided through a system of mirrors and filters to a carbon nanotube sample underneath a microscope, so that every other light source is cut off and the response of the carbon nanotubes to this very specific wavelength / frequency can be recorded with high accuracy.
Carbyne has optical properties that depend on the length of the carbon chains. The numbers above the curves stand for the respective vibrational frequency, correlated to the length of the carbon chains as these are bombarded with laser light. Not only do longer chains exhibit a lower frequency, we also found that the longest chains require a lower laser energy.
The fluorescence intensity of carbon nanotubes can be improved, on the left (red and green) by filling with carbyne, on the right (black) with a molecule called ferrocene. As these molecules have different sizes, differently thick nanotubes are affected differently by the interaction between host and molecule.
Chain growth (movie)
The movie shows a simulation of the growth of carbon chains within a carbon nanotube, which is performed by a high temperature treatment. By applying adequate temperatures, smaller chains start moving along the nanotube axis to eventually coalesce with other small chains to a larger chain.
The water is cooled below its freezing point, water molecules arrange in an open lattice structure, forming an ice nucleus (yellow sticks). This picture is taken from a computer simulation of the freezing process.
Propeller damaged by the effects of cavitation. When the pressure in water drops below the vapor pressure, small vapor bubbles can form, a process known as cavitation, which damages objects immersed in the fluid.
Formation of a bubble in water under tension. Water is depicted in red (oxygen) and white (hydrogen) and the yellow spheres show the largest bubble in the system, which grows until abruptly transitioning to vapor.
The picture shows a network made from differently colored polymers (spaghetti) that is held together by cross-links, made of three contacts. The cross-links are depicted by black balls and connecting bars. An important question to answer is how this network deforms, when one changes the size of the simulation box.
The picture shows a schematic of cross-linking a single chain with a metal-ion. The ion cross-links three parts of one or of different polymers. The number of cross-links changes the mechanical behavior of the chain. Where the number of cross-links is large, the deformation is small and where the number of cross-links is low, the deformation is high.
Simulation of the force needed to pull different kinds of cross-linkes. The figure shows two polymers that have the same number of cross-links, but where the cross-links connects three parts of a polymer (black), or form solely between two partners (grey). The different mechanical behavior between the two different types is clear.
It shows the deformation of a polymer with exactly one cross-link that connects three parts of the polymer. This cross-link consists of three bonds. During deformation the bond connecting the two most distant parts of the polymer fails and soon a single remaining bond between two parts of the polymers forms.
Defects, rather than the perfect lattice, determine the properties of any material. For example, materials always start to break at defects. Here is a computer simulation of a braking 2D layer of graphene.
Image sequence showing a „hole“ in the graphene sample (two atoms are missing). The defect does not stay in one spot, but instead moves around during observation under the electron microscope. The defect performs a random walk driven by the irradiation.
Fullerenes (the soccer-ball shaped molecules) were embedded between two graphene sheets and studied by atomic-resolution STEM. This way we could observe the diffusion and rotation of the molecules. Due to the motion of the fullerenes at the edge, they are only partially visible.
Order in disorder
The hexagon represents one densely packed 2-dimensional motif containing a central ball surrounded by 6 balls. In a metallic glass the atoms composing the material are disorderly arranged similar to balls in a bucket with some short-range order. The corresponding atomic structure is referred to as amorphous.
The movie shows local diffraction images at different sample positions. The occurrence of speckles with high intensity in the diffraction pattern indicates the presence of special atomic clusters. The variation of the intensity between successive images is caused by the change of the local atomic structure when the beam is placed to a new sample position.
The plot shows the normalized variance as a function of the scattering vector k for a CuZr (Copper-zirconium alloy) base bulk metallic glass. The atomic structure of the clusters can be estimated by comparing the variance curve with peak positions of known crystalline structures, as indicated by the vertical lines.
The image shows the variation of local hardness of a CuZr based bulk metallic glass after structural rejuvenation.Each spot represents the hardness value of a region of a few micrometres. Spots of blue colour correspond to regions of strongly reduced hardness whereas spots of red colour are the hardest regions.