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Metamaterials could reduce friction in nanomachines
Date:12/7/2009

ese materials with semiconductor lithographic techniques. While more work needs to be done to determine if chiral materials can induce a repulsive Casimir force strong enough to overcome friction in nanoscale devices, practical applications of the Casimir effect are already under close study at other DOE facilities, including Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories. Both have expressed considerable interest in using the chiral metamaterials designed at Ames Laboratory to fabricate new structures and reduce the attractive Casimir force, and possibly to obtain a repulsive Casimir force.


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Contact: Mark Ingebretsen
marki@ameslab.gov
515-294-3474
DOE/Ames Laboratory
Source:Eurekalert

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