Tesla Coil Electrifies Carbon Nanotubes To Self-Assemble Into Long Wires

Posted: Apr 16 2016, 10:07am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Tesla Coil Electrifies Carbon Nanotubes to Self-Assemble Into Long Wires
  • Teslaphoresis: Reconfigured Tesla Coil Causes Nanotubes to exhibit Autonomous Circuitry

A tesla coil was introduced in the mix which electrified several nanotubes which went on to exhibit autonomous circuitry. The same may occur at a macrolevel stage in the near future.

Carbon nanotubes are claimed to be the ideal instance of Moore’s Law. They may come in handy in space probes in the future. However, did you know that they serve several other purposes as well.

When you zap them with an electric gun, they form a neat array of standard columns. A force field from a tesla coil was focused at these nanotubes. The end result was that they arranged themselves in a process of self-rectification known as “Teslaphoresis”.

The function of the force field is to line up the positive and negative charges. The resultant structure can conduct electricity with ease. Even light emitting diodes can be lit up using these nanotubes.

In ordinary circumstances, circuits need contact for conductance to take place. Yet here we have the first instance of circuits without any interveing medium except for thin air. It is a miracle. Via a mere pointing of the lightning beam at the nanotubes, their rearrangement closer to the heart’s desire takes place on a real time basis.

The end result is a material that is more tensile and featherweight than kevlar and capable of generating the darkest fabric ever seen on our planet. Such techniques of self-assembly are hardly new, yet they have never been achieved at such short range levels.

Just to think that all it takes is a blast from a tesla coil. This is what we may call the emergence of order out of chaos. The lengthy and thin wires that are formed had the scientists in a state of shock.

Never before had such a thing been seen. In the future, there will be more of the same with the only difference being that it will be accomplished at the macrolevel. That will take effort and energy though. It will not be child’s play.

“There are so many applications where one could utilize strong force fields to control the behavior of matter in both biological and artificial systems,” said Rice chemist Paul Cherukuri, who is also lead author of the study .

“And even more exciting is how much fundamental physics and chemistry we are discovering as we move along. This really is just the first act in an amazing story.”

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