We identify, by dislocation theory and molecular dynamics simulations, possible dislocation dipoles (57|7|5 and 4|8|8|4) as defect nuclei under tension in boron nitride nanotubes. The formation energies of the dipoles are then evaluated by ab initio gradient-corrected density functional theory. The 5|7|7|5 dipole appears to be more favorable in spite of its homoelemental B-B and N-N bonds. Compared to carbon nanotubes, the formation energy of the primary defect is higher and remains positive at larger strain in boron nitride nanotubes, thus suggesting greater yield resistance.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Jan 15 2002|