Navigation Links
Researchers develop one of the world's smallest electronic circuits
Date:12/7/2011

A team of scientists, led by Guillaume Gervais from McGill's Physics Department and Mike Lilly from Sandia National Laboratories, has engineered one of the world's smallest electronic circuits. It is formed by two wires separated by only about 150 atoms or 15 nanometers (nm). This discovery, published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, could have a significant effect on the speed and power of the ever smaller integrated circuits of the future in everything from smartphones to desktop computers, televisions and GPS systems.

This is the first time that anyone has studied how the wires in an electronic circuit interact with one another when packed so tightly together. Surprisingly, the authors found that the effect of one wire on the other can be either positive or negative. This means that a current in one wire can produce a current in the other one that is either in the same or the opposite direction. This discovery, based on the principles of quantum physics, suggests a need to revise our understanding of how even the simplest electronic circuits behave at the nanoscale.

In addition to the effect on the speed and efficiency of future electronic circuits, this discovery could also help to solve one of the major challenges facing future computer design. This is managing the ever-increasing amount of heat produced by integrated circuits. Well-known theorist Markus Bttiker speculates that it may be possible to harness the energy lost as heat in one wire by using other wires nearby. Moreover, Buttiker believes that these findings will have an impact on the future of both fundamental and applied research in nanoelectronics.


'/>"/>
Contact: Katherine Gombay
katherine.gombay@mcgill.ca
514-398-2189
McGill University
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1

Related biology technology :

1. Two Top Biological Imaging Centers Offer Powerful Free Online Tool to Researchers, Educators, and Public
2. Penn and Brown researchers demonstrate earthquake friction effect at the nanoscale
3. UCLA researchers demonstrate fully printed carbon nanotube transistor circuits for displays
4. Innovative MetaMorph® NX Software Shatters Barriers Between Researchers and Image Analysis Goals with Exclusive Visual Workflow
5. Researchers shrink tumors and minimize side effects using tumor-homing peptide to deliver treatment
6. Multidisciplinary team of researchers develop world’s lightest material
7. In new quantum-dot LED design, researchers turn troublesome molecules to their advantage
8. New England Biolabs Introduces Polbase, an Information Repository of Scientific Data for Polymerase Researchers
9. Researchers roll out a new form of lighting
10. University of Toronto researchers create worlds most efficient flexible OLED on plastic
11. Researchers turn viruses into molecular Legos
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Researchers develop one of the world's smallest electronic circuits
(Date:8/21/2017)... ... August 21, 2017 , ... MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty, ... pleased to announce the first Delos Wellness Signature™ residence in Hawaii is on ... working together with listing agent Kelly Allen, R(S) of Carvill Sotheby’s International Realty ...
(Date:8/21/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Boston Strategic Partners, Inc. (BSP), a life-sciences ... Outcomes Research (HEOR) and ‘big data’ to provide a variety of in-depth analysis ... trillion with nearly 1/3 spent on hospitalizations. BSP has access to real-world data ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... August 18, 2017 , ... Producers of the award winning ... in an upcoming episode, scheduled to broadcast fourth quarter 2017. American Farmer airs ... the independent, family-owned seed company. Educating audiences about its broad portfolio of products ...
(Date:8/17/2017)... ... August 17, 2017 , ... ... personalized medicine, today announced the launch of a new breast cancer monitoring study ... goal is to evaluate the potential for early detection of recurrent breast cancer ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:8/15/2017)...   ivWatch LLC , a medical device company focused on ... receipt of its ISO 13485 Certification, the global standard for medical ... Standardization (ISO®). ... Continuous Monitoring device for the early detection of IV infiltrations. ... "This is an important milestone for ivWatch, as ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... WASHINGTON , July 20, 2017 Delta (NYSE: ... to board any Delta aircraft at Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). ... Delta launches biometrics ... Delta,s ... Delta Sky Club is now integrated into the boarding process to ...
(Date:6/30/2017)... 2017 Today, American Trucking Associations announced ... face and eye tracking software, became the newest ... "Artificial intelligence and advanced sensing ... a driver,s attentiveness levels while on the road.  ... detect fatigue and prevent potential accidents, which could ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):