Inductance properties of in situ-grown horizontally aligned carbon nanotubes

Minghui Sun, Zhiyong Xiao, Yang Chai, Yuan Li, Philip Ching Ho Chan

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Kinetic inductance is an important property of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in high-frequency applications. However, disagreements exist in whether the kinetic inductance of CNTs is present in the diffusive transport regime. In this paper, we fabricated the horizontally aligned multiwalled nanotube (MWNT) arrays on silicon substrates and investigated the inductance properties of the MWNT arrays with different lengths using direct current and radio frequency characterizations. The experimental results show that the electron transport in the CNT arrays is diffusive and that the value of the kinetic inductance is proportional to the length of the CNT arrays. We have experimentally validated that the kinetic inductance theory is applicable to CNTs in the diffusive transport regime. This paper could quell the existing disagreements about the kinetic inductance and provide insights to the potential applications of CNTs as interconnects and on-chip inductors.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5628276
Pages (from-to)229-235
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Electron Devices
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Carbon nanotube (CNT)
  • diffusive transport
  • interconnect
  • kinetic inductance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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