> Does anyone know how long we can currently make a bucky tube? Can we simply
> attach small lengths molecularly forever?
I remembered someone mentioning an article about lengthening carbon nanotubes. Hopefully he won't mind if i re-post some of it.
> In the 23 November PRL a team reports on the first full,
> atom-by-atom computer simulations of the responses to mechanical
> stress of a wide variety of nanotube structures. They found that at
> high temperatures some nanotube structures don't break initially,
> but transform gradually into longer, smaller-diameter tubes, an
> unexpected behavior that may be useful for making nanotube-based
> electronic devices. (See video at the Focus web site.)
> (Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 4656; posted 30 November 1998. Link to the
> paper: http://publish.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v81/p4656/)
> Doug Bailey
I hope that helps.