Benchmark study of the length dependent thermal conductivity of individual suspended, pristine SWCNTs
The thermal conductivity of individual suspended single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) has been theoretically predicated to increase with length but this has never been verified experimentally. This then leads to the question of whether the thermal conductivity saturates to a finite constant value in ultra-long SWCNTs. This paper reports on experimental measurements of the thermal conductivity of individual suspended SWCNTs as a function of the characteristic thermal transport length using the same individual suspended SWCNT sample. Interestingly, at around 360 K, the thermal conductivity first increases with increasing characteristic length and then saturates to a finite constant value at a characteristic length of ∼10 μm. These experimental results provide a fundamental understanding of the phonon transport characteristics in suspended, pristine SWCNTs.