The study of the performance of ultra-small structures, materials, and devices, usu. usually 0.1 to 100 nm; also, the study of manipulating materials on an atomic or molecular scale. Nanoscience is sometimes used interchangably with Nanotechnology, which is the manipulation of matter on an atomic ...

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Layman's method to sharpen a wire (STM-tip)

We use a platinum-irididum wire to fabricate our STM tips. And by "fabricate" I mean to cut it with really sharp pliers or scissors. Sometimes we get good tips but most of the time they are not usable ...
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If you had two “perfectly” flat surfaces of the same material?

Let's say you had 2 nano-engineered surfaces of diamond which were as 'flat' as possible (of course considering the radii of each carbon atom in the lattice)... would there be any friction between ...
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Nanotube chiral angle as a function of $n$ and $m$

I'm looking into nanotubes and I thought I'd assure myself that the basic geometry equations are indeed correct. No problems for the radius, I quickly found the known formula: $$R = ...
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What is the electrical conductivity (S/m) of a carbon nanotube?

I have been searching around for a while for this but I am having trouble finding any actual figures, all I can seem to find is that it is "very high". So I am wondering, does anyone have any figures ...
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How to calculate radiative transition rate of exciton in a quantum dot with specific dimension?

I am writing rate equations for a nanophotonic system including three quantum dots. I need to calculate that radiative transition rates of exciton in ground state in those quantum dots. In the paper ...
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How are quantum potential wells fabricated?

Potential wells, such as infinite and finite potential well, have been the standard examples in quantum mechanics textbooks for tens of years. They started being only theoretical toy models but as ...
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What is the approximate electrical conductivity $\sigma$ of graphene in S/m or S/cm?

I am trying to find an approximate value of the electrical conductivity $\sigma$ of graphene in units of S/m or S/cm. This table on Wikipedia gives $\sigma$ values for a variety of materials ...
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One-dimensional (1D) CdSe nanostructures

I'm not a physicist, but I'm really interested in Nanotechnology. I've a question, and I hope that I can be provided by an answer. I was reading some articles about the one-dimensional CdSe ...
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What is surface plasmon of metal nanoparticles?

I really want to understand about the Surface Plasmon of metal nanoparticles, if anyone can explain it to me i'll be grateful. I have checked Wikipedia for it but didn't get anything clear.
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What kind of phases nanoparticles have (gas-solid-liquid)?

If a phase transition requires a number of particles that is in the TD-limit, can nanoparticles (~10 atoms) have phase transitions? What kind of phases and transitions nanoparticles have?
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Quantization of momentum in nanotubes

I'm reading about carbon nanotubes and how the momentum (lets call it $k_x$) is quantized along the circumferential direction and not along the cylindrical (call this $k_y$). I can follow the maths ...
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Nanotech - zero dimensional fullerene

Not really a physics junkie, and I think this is a chemistry question, but since there's no chemistry.stackexchange.com (yet) I think here is the best place. I was just reading up on nanotech and ...
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Nanorobots. What stops us from producing them yet?

If we can already predicts accuratelly motion on molecular levels, what stops us from developing small robots to, for instance, navigate through our blood vessels looking for cancerous cells and ...
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Measurement of Tangential Momentum Accomodation?

(this question is a crosspost from theoretical physics.) I am using atomic force microscopy (AFM) for characterizing pores of the size of nanometers for application in gas flow. For this, knowing ...
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Quantum dots on the nuclear scale!

Quantum dots are quantum systems that are confined by definition on the nano scale. Why didn't people study similar systems on a much smaller scale, something as small as the dimension of the nucleus? ...
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Nanotechnologies: current problems and general limitations

I have some questions about Nanotechnologies. I'm not physicist and my knowledges about the topic are limited by the "Engines of Creation" book by Eric Drexler. So I think that my questions are ...
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Light bending surfaces and energy funneling properties

In the last year there has been fuzz regarding metamaterials studied for the purpose of cloaking, and it seem to me they are somewhat glorified 2D waveguides, but in any case it seems a reasonable ...
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Why is honeycomb lattice the ideal shape for solar cells?

Quoting this web site (which I haven't thoroughly verified for credibility yet): The material is graphene, also known as graphite, a naturally-occurring mineral that forms a one-atom-thick ...
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How to determine the (n,m) dimensions of a carbon nanotube?

I've been reading about nanotubes lately, and I keep seeing the $ (n,m) $ notation. How does this describe a nanotube's structure? How do I determine which is $n$ and which is $m$ ? I'm familiar with ...
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Nano-particle or Molecule?

What's the difference between something being labeled a "nano-particle" or it being called a "molecule"?