Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A

, Volume 42, Issue 13, pp 3907–3912 | Cite as

Mpemba-Like Behavior in Carbon Nanotube Resonators

  • P. Alex Greaney
  • Giovanna Lani
  • Giancarlo Cicero
  • Jeffrey C. Grossman
Symposium: Modeling, Simulation, and Theory of Nanomechanical Materials Behavior


Surprising Mpemba-like dissipation is observed during computer simulated ring-down of the flexural modes of a single-walled carbon nanotube resonator. Vibrations are made to decay to zero faster by adding a larger initial excitation. We liken this counterintuitive observation to the well-known Mpemba effect in which hot water freezes faster that cold water. In both cases, the system seems to pose a memory of its thermal history; a paradoxical result that is reconciled if the dissipative state of the system is not described uniquely by the system’s average temperature. A vibrational mode projection algorithm is used to track the dissipation pathway, showing that dissipation is dependent strongly on the development of an athermal phonon population. The implications of Mpemba-like behavior in more general, and continuously driven, nanomechanical systems are discussed.


Flexural Mode Excited Mode Microcanonical Ensemble Background Mode Attenuation Profile 
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This project received funding from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency—Joint Science and Technology Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (Grant HDTRA1-09-1-0006).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Alex Greaney
    • 1
  • Giovanna Lani
    • 2
  • Giancarlo Cicero
    • 3
  • Jeffrey C. Grossman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Laboratoire des Solides Irradis, Ecole PolytechniquePalaiseau cedexFrance
  3. 3.INFM and Physics DepartmentPolytechnic of TorinoTorinoItaly

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