The electrical properties of semiconducting carbon nanotubes change inside a magnetic field, a finding that could lead to the construction of faster computers.

The finding, by researchers at Rice University in Houston, Texas, helps confirm quantum mechanical theories offered more than four decades ago, and sheds new light on the unique electrical properties of carbon nanotubes.

“These findings remind us that there are still unique and wonderful properties that we have yet to uncover about nanotubes,” says Rice researchers Richard Smalley.

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