The Carbon NanoSolenoid on the Cover of Nano Letters

Nano Letters features our work on the Cover of its January 2016 issue

nalefd_v016i001.inddGraphene forms helicoids, akin to the mathematical Riemann surface for log(z), naturally occurring as screw dislocations in graphite or anthracite. In the Nano Letters paper, we demonstrate that the miniscule pitch of such winding carbon ribbons endows them with largest magnetic inductance per volume, which surpasses any current technologies. If voltage is applied, electrical current must flow helically, producing near the center strong magnetic field orders of magnitude greater than that of planet Earth.

The image was produced from the actual atomic geometry, using VMD, our own Edgecount tool, MeshLab, Python scripting, and the mighty Gimp.

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