January 10, 2012

Nanowire Is Merely 4 Atoms Wide, 1 Atom Tall

Purdue University, Purdue University

Purdue Univ.

The smallest wires ever developed in silicon - just one atom tall and four atoms wide - have been shown by a team of researchers from the University of New South Wales, Melbourne University and Purdue University to have the same current-carrying capability as copper wires.

Experiments and atom-by-atom supercomputer models of the wires have found that the wires maintain a low capacity for resistance despite being more than 20 times thinner than conventional copper wires in microprocessors.

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TAGGED: Nanowires, Electricity, Atoms