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New liquid light switch could boost power of smaller electronic devices

By Stephanie Liverani / August 12, 2016

Scientists at the University of Cambridge in England are taking an in-depth look at the way in which information is processed and transmitted in electronic devices. They’ve developed a miniature electro-optical switch that they say can boost the power and efficiency of small electronics.

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Biomedical nanoelectronics get a boost from alumina-protected silicon nanowires

By April Gocha / March 2, 2014

Harvard scientists have synthesized alumina shells on silicon nanowires to protect the wires and vastly extend their lives in biomedical nanoelectronics.

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Boron nitride nanotubes enable room-temperature quantum tunneling

By Jim Destefani / July 1, 2013

Electrons “tunnel” one at a time across a series of gold quantum dots deposited on BNNTs. The room-temperature tunneling device behaves like a transistor but contains no semiconductors. Credit: Yoke Khin Yap/MTU Transistors have come a long way since their development at Bell Labs and first commercial success at the core of portable, battery-powered radios…

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Super-small erasable SketchSET transistor, ‘artificial atom’ could lead to super-big payoff

By Eileen De Guire / April 27, 2011

An atomic-scale depiction of the SketchSET shows three wires (green bars) converging on the central island (center green area), which can house up to two electrons. Electrons tunnel from one wire to another through the island. Conditions on the third wire can result in distinct conductive properties. Credit: Jeremy Levy, Univ. of Pittsburgh. Good news,…

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Reversible silicon/silicon-oxide nanowire switch developed for 3D storage

By / September 2, 2010

A 5 nm silicon nanowire can be repeatedly broken and reconnected by applying a pulse of varying voltage through the silicon oxide, creating a two-terminal resistive switch. A chip with 1000 of these silicon-oxide/silicon nanowire memory elements has been assembled as a proof-of-concept.(Credit: Jun Yao/Rice.) It’s not often that “plain vanilla” silicon oxide makes the…

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