Heat conduction of single-walled carbon nanotube isotope superlattice structures: A molecular dynamics study

Junichiro Shiomi, Shigeo Maruyama
2006 Physical Review B  
Heat conduction of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) isotope-superlattice is investigated by means of classical molecular dynamics simulations. Superlattice structures were formed by alternately connecting SWNTs with different masses. On varying the superlattice period, the critical value with minimum effective thermal conductivity was identified, where dominant physics switches from zone-folding effect to thermal boundary resistance of lattice interface. The crossover mechanism is
more » ... d with the energy density spectra where zone-folding effects can be clearly observed. The results suggest that the critical superlattice period thickness depends on the mean free path distribution of diffusive-ballistic phonons. The reduction of the thermal conductivity with superlattice structures beats that of the one-dimensional alloy structure, though the minimum thermal conductivity is still slightly higher than the value obtained by two-dimensional random mixing of isotopes.
doi:10.1103/physrevb.74.155401 fatcat:w56jdqxxtfh4bem3xzcf7het3q