Electrical Conductivity of Carbon Nanotubes: Modeling and Characterization

  • Antonio MaffucciEmail author
  • Sergey A. Maksimenko
  • Giovanni Miano
  • Gregory Ya. Slepyan


A short introduction to the electronics properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) is given and applied to the analysis of electric conductivity of isolated and bundled CNTs, either single-wall or multi-wall. The model of the electrical conductivity is presented in a wide frequency range, from DC to visible light. In the low-frequency range (up to the THz range), only intraband transitions are considered, whereas for higher frequencies also interband transitions are taken into account. The conductivity model is consistent with the classical Drude model and is able to describe novel phenomena associated with the signal propagation along CNTs, such as plasmon resonances of slow surface waves or intershell tunneling effect.


Carbon nanotubes Electrical conductivity Nanoelectronics Nano-electromagnetics 



The authors acknowledge the support of European Commission, under Projects FP7-612285 CANTOR and FP7-318617 FAEMCAR.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Maffucci
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Sergey A. Maksimenko
    • 3
  • Giovanni Miano
    • 4
  • Gregory Ya. Slepyan
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Information EngineeringUniversity of Cassino and Southern LazioCassinoItaly
  2. 2.INFN—LNFFrascatiItaly
  3. 3.Institute for Nuclear ProblemBelarusian State UniversityMinskBelarus
  4. 4.Department of Electrical Engineering and Information TechnologyUniversity of Naples Federico IINaplesItaly
  5. 5.School of Electrical Engineering, Tel Aviv UniversityTel-AvivIsrael

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