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Tuning the electronic properties of boron nitride nanotube by mechanical uni-axial deformation: a DFT study

Shin-Pon Ju*, Yao-Chun Wang and Ting-Wei Lien

Author Affiliations

Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering, Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, 804, Taiwan

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2011, 6:160  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-6-160

Published: 21 February 2011

Abstract

The effect of uni-axial strain on the electronic properties of (8,0) zigzag and (5,5) armchair boron nitride nanotubes (BNNT) is addressed by density functional theory calculation. The stress-strain profiles indicate that these two BNNTS of differing types display very similar mechanical properties, but there are variations in HOMO-LUMO gaps at different strains, indicating that the electronic properties of BNNTs not only depend on uni-axial strain, but on BNNT type. The variations in nanotube geometries, partial density of states of B and N atoms, B and N charges are also discussed for (8,0) and (5,5) BNNTs at different strains.