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Measuring machines for the nanoscale

The NanoCMM project set out to develop the technology needed for a universal coordinate measuring machines (CMM) that could measure to an accuracy of 50 to 200 nanometres in all three dimensions over a volume several centimetres across.

Posted: Sep 18th, 2015

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Nano-thin invisibility cloak makes 3D objects disappear (w/video)

Invisibility cloaks are a staple of science fiction and fantasy, from Star Trek to Harry Potter, but don't exist in real life, or do they? Scientists have devised an ultra-thin invisibility 'skin' cloak that can conform to the shape of an object and conceal it from detection with visible light. Although this cloak is only microscopic in size, the principles behind the technology should enable it to be scaled-up to conceal macroscopic items as well.

Posted: Sep 18th, 2015

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Carbyne research may boost nanoelectronics

Scientists have investigated a way to create linear chains of carbon atoms from laser-melted graphite. The material, called carbyne, could have a number of novel properties, including the ability to adjust the amount of electrical current traveling through a circuit, depending on the user's needs.

Posted: Sep 18th, 2015

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Making mini-makers

A co-op partnership of Drexel U with Korea's National Research Foundation will give the students a chance to apply their talents in the nanofabrication center frequented by companies like Samsung and Hyundai, using the latest nanomaterials developed by Drexel's materials scientists.

Posted: Sep 17th, 2015

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Laser ablation boosts terahertz emission

Researchers report on the first terahertz (THz) emitter based on femtosecond-laser-ablated gallium arsenide (GaAs), demonstrating a 65% enhancement in THz emission at high optical power compared to the nonablated device. Counter-intuitively, the ablated device shows significantly lower photocurrent and carrier mobility.

Posted: Sep 17th, 2015

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Hierarchies in matter

The newest discovery in emergent matter science. Skyrmions, which generate new phenomena that defy conventional wisdom, are an emergent phenomenon of electron spins.

Posted: Sep 17th, 2015

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