An Integrated Logic Circuit Assembled on a Single Carbon Nanotube

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Science  24 Mar 2006:
Vol. 311, Issue 5768, pp. 1735
DOI: 10.1126/science.1122797

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Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) have been shown to exhibit excellent electrical properties, such as ballistic transport over several hundred nanometers at room temperature. Field-effect transistors (FETs) made from individual tubes show dc performance specifications rivaling those of state-of-the-art silicon devices. An important next step is the fabrication of integrated circuits on SWCNTs to study the high-frequency ac capabilities of SWCNTs. We built a five-stage ring oscillator that comprises, in total, 12 FETs side by side along the length of an individual carbon nanotube. A complementary metal-oxide semiconductor‐type architecture was achieved by adjusting the gate work functions of the individual p-type and n-type FETs used.

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