Indexed on: 14 Mar '16Published on: 08 Mar '16Published in: Physica E: Low-dimensional Systems and Nanostructures
The electronic properties of SiC nanotubes (SiCNTs) under external transverse electric field were investigated using density functional theory. The pristine SiCNTs were semiconductors with band-gaps of 2.03, 2.17 and 2.25 eV for (6,6), (8,8) and (10,10) SiCNTs, respectively. It was found the band gaps was reduced with the external transverse electric filed applied. The (8,8) and (10,10) SiCNTs changed from semiconductor to metals as the intensity of electric field reached 0.7 and 0.5 eV/Å. The results indicate that the electronic properties of SiCNTs can be tuned by the transvers electric field with integrality of the nanotubes.